Editorial: 25 years of publishing

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By The Staff


 As the Cedar Key Beacon wrapped up its 25th year of serving the island community in September, it seems fitting that Oct. 4-10 marks National Newspaper Week.


Newspapers across the country will be celebrating their historic and continuing contributions to our great nation, highlighting the vital functions they serve of gathering and dispensing information and documenting events both big and small.

At a time when readership of daily newspapers is down, there are community newspapers, like the Beacon, that are gaining readers.

One reason for this is that community newspapers serve a need largely ignored by many of the bigger dailies: that of engaged individuals wanting to know what is happening in the local community.

That’s why the Beacon documents the beauty, the triumphs and the challenges of Cedar Key. It also gives voice to residents and visitors who wish to share ideas, express concerns and air opinions. Besides stories about business and community government, the Beacon also publishes ongoing articles about the many talented and interesting people who inhabit, visit and work on the islands. Historical, environmental, and recreational features often find their way into our pages as well.

The Beacon also boasts a long history of partnering with the local school so that student correspondents have the opportunity to further develop journalism skills while sharing unique views about our community.

The Beacon is proud to provide local content generated by members of the community. We gladly welcome your articles, columns, opinions, photographs, letters to the editor, community news, church happenings, club announcements, and volunteerism stories. Send us more. The Beacon is your community newspaper. Week in and week out, our content reflects that. Your contributions make it possible.

The news industry has changed and newspapers are changing, too. But the legacy of freedom of the press is alive and well at the Beacon. Thanks for making us your primary Cedar Key news source for the past 25 years. We look forward to being your community paper for the next quarter century as well.