2018-05-24 / Opinion

Editorial

Change Can Be Good and Sometimes Sad (or Even Bad)


The image below is from a 1970’s edition of Newport This Week. The image below is from a 1970’s edition of Newport This Week. Change Can Be Good and Sometimes Sad (or Even Bad) The old adage that “change is good” is not always accurate. In the world of communication, there have been sweeping changes in the last decade. The internet and all that it encompasses, such as Facebook, Twitter, blogs and what some may call “news” websites have in some ways caused more confusion of the facts than being “good” sources of information.

Technology has changed our modes of communication over the years, dramatically: after all, the Native Americans used smoke signals, and then there were the telegraph and telephone. Change is inevitable, but not always good.

In the world of newspapers, specifically, a sweeping change has been the purchase of small independently owned papers and the transformation of them to members of large media conglomerates. That occurred earlier this year in our community when the Newport Daily News, the Mercury and Newport Life Magazine were acquired by Gatehouse Media, owner of more than 500 newspapers nationwide. This month, the Mercury (one of the oldest newspapers in the U.S.) announced the change in their frequency and focus from a free weekly print publication to an online presence with a print edition to be inserted monthly into The Newport Daily News.

The tradition of these publications on the island runs deep. As another source of news for our community we wish them and their staffs all the best in the future.

Let’s continue to look for ways to work together to bring back change that’s good.

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