Editorial: Community newspapers rely on local help

Community newspapers, like the Grand Canyon News, continue to ride the wave of debate when it comes to online versus print news coverage. This week, coverage of the incorporation election in the Tusayan area will be found first on www.grandcanyonnews.com. A story will also be available for readers in next week's print edition. As many newspapers struggle to survive in a world shifting to digital content, community newspapers continue to remain one leg up when it comes to the struggle for survival. One reason is regional coverage ­- providing news in an area with little news coverage. Using the Internet to provide that coverage also helps readers feel that they can rely on the newspaper to provide the information they need.

One reason for success in terms of weekly newspapers is the support local newspapers receive in small communities. Community newspapers offer a great way for readers to share their interests with a larger audience. Photographs of local civic organizations, sportings events, community gatherings, and more are always welcome. The Grand Canyon News would like to hear from you. Letters to the editor, guest columns, photographs and submitted pieces can be sent to 113 S. Third St., Williams, AZ 86046. E-mail submissions can be sent to editorial@williamsnews.com or to pwhitehurst@williamsnews.com.

With new technology emerging on an almost monthly basis, such as the new iPad from Apple, newspapers and other forms of media, such as comic books and magazines, are taking a hard look at ways to survive in a paperless society. The attraction of the iPad, many believe, comes in the fact that it can deliver in a color format whereas e-readers such as the Amazon Kindle and Barnes and Noble's Nook cannot. A setback to that, however, is that the e-readers use e-ink technology, which is easy on the eyes, whereas products that provide color use a backlight.

Newspapers and more are hoping to utilize such devices, and many are already available electronically, in order to provide their content. Questions remain, however, as to how popular these devices will be in the long run (particularly for the iPad), as compared to the printed product.

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