A quick flick through the pages of this week’s Harborough Mail reveals the incredible amount of great work being done by volunteers and fundraisers across the district.
Newspapers are often wrongly accused of only accentuating the negative on the basis that bad news sells.
However, the reality couldn’t be further from the truth. Almost without exception, local newspapers such as the Mail shine a bright light on those raising money or awareness, or who are putting something back into their local community.
Of course, we will not ignore those stories which need to be tackled, but in general, local newspapers are strong parts of their community and reflect the general good in most towns and villages.
And even though the Mail will be closing its office in Harborough at the end of next week, that will not change.
It is 160 years since the forerunner of this newspaper was set up with the intention of informing and entertaining the people of Market Harborough and the surrounding district.
Times, and technology, have undoubtedly changed, but the Mail’s commitment to the district remains.
The reality is that the number of people who actually come to see us in our office make it inviable to continue to be open to personal callers.
But we are available by appointment, by phone, by email and by social media.
And the other reality is you are far more likely to see us out and about than ever before .
Column by Neil Pickford.
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