Our Viewpoint

November 26, 2013

In this season of Thanksgiving we are thankful for you, our loyal readers and advertisers. Without you the Middlesboro Daily News would not be Bell County’s hometown newspaper since 1910.

The newspaper industry has definitely seen its share of turbulence over the last few years, especially with the Internet’s impact. You no longer have to have that newsprint in your hands to find out what the news is.

Finding out why sirens are zooming by at midnight is sometimes as simple as logging on to social media such as Facebook. Finding out who was involved in that wreck you saw two minutes ago can be as easy as checking our website.

We live in an ever-changing world. Digital technology is here. We now have the capability to send news to the Internet immediately for thousands of people to see.

We have a very busy Facebook page. Five years ago, we didn’t even have a Facebook page. Now, our followers know they can look there for the latest, breaking news and links to the full stories on our website.

For us as journalists, it’s a tremendous change from just a few years ago when we were “scooped” by television newscasts.

Now, we can keep you up-to-date on an hourly, and daily basis.

We love that aspect of the changing world, but some of us also love the aspect of having a newspaper in hand, smelling the ink and yes, even getting that ink all over us.

We know some of you do as well. There will always be fans of actual newsprint, but as the years go on — as soon as the next generation, perhaps, the press and newsprint will be a thing of the past.

We will still be here to serve you, Bell County. No matter how we deliver the news to you our mission is to keep you informed of what is going on around you.

That is one mission we are excited and eager to carry on. Thank you for letting us.

So, from all of us at the Daily News office, we wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving.