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Dear Readers,

Over the past 15 years, the U.S. has lost 2,100 newspapers, leaving at least 1,800 communities that had a local news outlet in 2004 without any at the beginning of 2020. With many of the big newspaper chains owned by Wall Street and hedge funds that are draining every last drop of value from their products, this sad trend is likely to continue.

But one small company is committed to a revival of community journalism. The Daily Independent at YourValley.net provides news coverage for a number of communities throughout the Phoenix market -- and we're working fiercly to expand our efforts to preserve democracy. 

Now more than ever, people are turning to us for updated happenings in their local communities through nonpartisan journalism and civil dialogue  on our opinions platform.  We're publishing breaking news, entertainment stories and  daily updates on COVID-19. 

The best way to stay connected is by signing up for our free newsletter delivered to your inbox with the latest links to our  journalism.

The national pandemic has changed the way we’ve all done business. Your voluntary donations not only defray a portion of the weekly costs to produce and distribute your hometown Independent newspaper, but your donations  (scroll to the bottom of this page) also help us in our journalistic mission in protecting the ideals of the First Amendment.

Community service is the driving force behind the Independent. Whether it’s covering the news of city government, promoting efforts of a local hero or spotlighting a neighbor – everything we do is aimed at reinforcing and strengthening the bonds that connect our citizens and our communities.

We pursue this mission by publishing digital and print community newspapers and creating citizen-driven community websites. We are a nonpartisan news organization that informs our citizens about issues impacting their lives, their families and their neighborhoods.

Our readers rely on us for unbiased coverage of local news, but they also use our products to connect and engage with their fellow citizens. We’ve recently added a new feature to the Daily Independent at YourValley.net, giving readers more ways to engage in civil community dialogue through multiple social media platforms under Valley Voices. A robust opinions section celebrates the collective personality of our communities.

We depend on our readers to support our journalism and we’re grateful for public support of our efforts.

Our unique structure is designed to maintain our independence. We’re owned by a nonprofit trust. There are no shareholders, no dividends are paid, and all after-tax profits are reinvested in our journalistic mission.

We rely on a combination of business advertising, reader contributions, grants and corporate sponsorships to support our journalism. Our readers support us because they understand the vital role a free and unbiased press plays in our democracy.

Help support community journalism by making your donation today!

Contributors donate solely on the basis of their desire to support local journalism, and do not influence decisions of our journalists. While we always appreciate story suggestions, our members support us because they share our belief that good journalism must be independent, civil and unbiased.

Thank you to our loyal readers and advertisers for supporting the Daily Independent at YourValley.net. We’ll get through this national crisis together. Email suggestions to cbisson@newszap.com.

Take care, stay healthy and happy perusing!

Charlene Bisson, Arizona Publisher, Independent Newsmedia

P.S. I invite you to read a message from our board chairman, Joe Smyth, about why our newspapers are thriving. 

 

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