WELCH: Tribal fire reignites

Mar 5, 2012


You see friends at the fire, neighbors, leaders and the troublemakers. You laugh, celebrate and plan for the future. You learn what you need to know to live in harmony. To be cut off from the fire is being thrown into the cold to fend for yourself.

Newspapers serve as the tribal fire today more than ever and with a larger flame.

After exploring Ottawa County neighborhoods in recent weeks and talking with residents, it’s clear this newspaper has a rich tradition in the community. Equally clear is that some readers want more and wonder what’s next.

From birth notices to obituaries and all the life between, journalists have a duty to provide the critical information you need. We serve as watchdogs to ensure government works for the people. We serve as a warning system as weather turns bad or crime picks up. We alert you to wrongdoing when and where it occurs.

And we tell the colorful story of our lives.

Journalists root out corruption, spur legislative change and provide news that readers can’t stop thinking or talking about. This is who we are. This is what we do.

That’s what the future is here — engaging and empowering you, the reader. Knowledge is power and we’ll deliver it with depth and the urgency required of an around-the-clock news organization.

Here at the Tribune, we’re dedicating ourselves to being the tribal fire this community deserves, the tribal fire you crave.

So pull up a stump and soak in the warmth. Throw a log on the blaze and share in the knowledge and community that is the new Grand Haven Tribune.

Cheryl Welch is the new director of content and audience development for the Grand Haven Tribune and Lighthouse Media.

Share with us: What’s the biggest story in our community that we’ve never written? E-mail Cheryl at cwelch@grandhaventribune.com; or call her at 842-6400, ext. 232.


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