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Support your local paper

This week marks the 79th celebration of National Newspaper Week in America, a week to reflect on the First Amendment and freedom of the press and all the good newspapers do for their community.

The News celebrated in Saturday’s edition by inviting readers to take a look at a day in the life of the newspaper, with photos from around the plant and interviews with the various dozens it takes to deliver this morning miracle to your doorstep every day.

Newspapers provide so much to their communities. We bring you the important information you need to plan where to live, how to vote, where to shop. We provide our local businesses an outlet for advertising their wares. We provide a space for you to honor your lost loved ones, to be placed forever in the archives of Northeast Michigan history.

We shine a spotlight on what’s wrong so you can know how to fix it. Just recently, The News’ coverage of the local Disabled American Veterans chapter’s need for a transport van prompted thousands of dollars in donations in a matter of days.

We offer a public forum for civil discussions of the issues of the day.

Last year, Paul Gao, an associate professor of finance at the University of Notre Dame, studied communities where the local paper had recently closed shop, and he found government spending increased without the independent watchdog of a newspaper asking questions. Other studies have found voter participation falls in cities without a newspaper.

Beyond those core missions, The News also is a local small business, offering jobs to dozens of Northeast Michiganders and investing in the local community through charity and economic activity.

We’re proud of this paper, and work hard every day to make you proud of it, too.

So, support your local paper. Celebrate National Newspaper Week by renewing your subscription or subscribing for the first time. If you’re a business, take out an ad.

And know that we’ll be here for years and years to come, serving our community.

(THE ALPENA NEWS)