The Cost of Talking Amongst Ourselves

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“A good newspaper…is a town talking to itself.” We’re paraphrasing Arthur Miller here (which is a little thrilling if you want to know the truth), who was seeking to express the importance of public dialogue generated by reliable reporting. Will you donate in support of The Bedford Citizen’s summer fundraising drive to keep our local conversation going?

This month The Citizen began its ninth year of publication. We are proud and delighted to have established our place in the Bedford landscape. We might not yet be “iconic” in the sense that Bedford Farms, or Willson Park, or Pole Capping Day are, but we are the recognized go-to source for people in Bedford who are looking for reliable information to inform local decision-making and participation.

And you know what? We can do still more with your continued – and expanded – financial support. Can we count on you? Even $10 helps!

We aim to inform and engage the Bedford community with news of local significance. Everything we publish is available free and online to inform and encourage citizen participation. Ironically, the better we get at realizing this goal, the more resources we need to meet your (and our) higher expectations.

Doing this successfully means growing our reporting staff to provide consistent coverage of town boards and committees; enhancing our website and making use of software to increase our efficiency and our reach; and expanding our offerings based on feedback from readers. Although hard-working volunteers remain the heart of The Citizen (and sincere thanks to each and every one) we must also plan for the salaries and tools that will take us to the next level.

Above and beyond your donation, there’s more you can do.

Tell your friends and neighbors about The Citizen and encourage them to subscribe. (They can sign up at our website). If you’d like to write for us – please contact Meredith McCulloch. Have a Letter to the Editor or an interesting photo of a local event? Please email us.

And please…DONATE online or by mail as noted below. Every dollar you give supports local journalism. The cost of talking amongst ourselves is not prohibitive…but it isn’t free either.

An earlier version of this article was published by The Bedford Citizen on April 28, 2018.

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