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Buy local by local

By Kristen Tribe | Published Saturday, April 14, 2018
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For many years, newspapers never bragged on themselves.

They didn’t tout their investigative reports, plug heartfelt feature stories, or remind readers of the paper’s advertising reach. It just wasn’t done.

But those days are over.

It’s time for reporters and newsrooms – including the Wise County Messenger – to stand up and tell their communities what they offer. I’m incredibly proud of the work we do at the Messenger, so like any other small business, we’ve decided we need to promote, push and tout our content and products.

The Messenger was founded in 1880; we’ve been in business for 138 years. Let that sink in for a minute. How many businesses have been a viable part of their communities for more than a century? Not many.

All these years later we remain your No. 1 source for local news. If you want to know what’s going on in Wise County, Texas, you need to be reading the Messenger. We work hard to accurately report stories in a fair and timely manner. We’re there for every kickoff, bang of the gavel, ballot cast and baby born.

Every day we look for new and innovative ways to tell Wise County’s stories, your stories, and we take pride in the fact that we’re not only reporters, but also historians, documenting life in our little corner of the world.

And you know what? There is no other media outlet that will go to the lengths we do to cover this county. Metroplex media swoops into town for the feel-good stories, but they’re not here for the hard stuff. We’ve cried with you, guided communities through tragedy and helped pick up the pieces.

We’ve also celebrated your kids, helped you raise money and even shared a few laughs.

We’re invested in you.

And we ask that you continue to invest in us.

If you like what we do, subscribe, buy advertising, share our content online. In the same way you shop local to keep the Decatur Square or Bridgeport’s Halsell Street viable, do us the same favor. “Shop local” with us. I can assure you, it’s dollars well-spent. We’re here for the long haul.

Kristen Tribe is the assistant publisher of the Wise County Messenger.

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