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There’s nothing like local news written by a local reporter. A person who has grown up in a community can draw upon the roots and connections that have formed over the years. Their familiarity with resident expectations and trends helps them identify stories and topics worth pursuing.

Keeping the public informed and authorities accountable are vital parts of the job. The relationship goes two ways as the newspaper works to educate and equip the readers, and as they spring into action, part of the public’s job is to help keep the paper on track. It’s great to get tips or detailed submissions, but some of the best articles that have appeared in the Rocket Miner came from casual conversations while out and about in the community. Being willing to pay attention and listen helps us share incredible stories.

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