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An invitation from the Courier

Chemeketa is a microcosm of America.

Our community is made up of thousands of individuals from all walks of life. Much like America as a whole, Chemeketa is home to people of nearly every imaginable ethnicity, religion, orientation, economic background, life experience and, of course, political leaning.

As the next election cycle draws near and tempers and tensions around the country flare, the Courier will remain neutral and above the fray. We do not endorse candidates, and we do not endorse referendums, nor do we run opinion content on political or social matters.

Don’t misunderstand us, though. We’re not robots. The staff of the Courier is made up of human beings, each with their own opinions and beliefs, and many of whom are quite passionate about politics. But we do our best to keep those personal beliefs in check. Our neutrality isn’t some lukewarm attempt at not offending anyone. We remain neutral because we believe it’s the only way to fulfill our duty to you, our readers.

A free society like ours entitles everyone to their own opinions. Different people will absorb the same facts and reach different opinions based on them. And that’s perfectly fine. We won’t all agree on everything all the time. Differences of opinion and finding common ground are just part of living in a democracy. But it’s impossible to find that common ground if we can’t all agree on the basic underlying facts.

Finding those basic underlying facts is the role that the free press plays in a democracy.

We believe that our duty at the Courier is to be an impartial referee. It’s not our place to tell you what to think, or what to feel, or what to believe. Our mission is to give you the facts so that you can make your own informed opinions.

But we can’t do it alone.

We invite you to join us. The more diverse perspectives and political leanings we have in our newsroom, the better we’re able to serve our community.

We’re a small group, but we’re always looking for new recruits. We welcome everyone, regardless of experience, to join us by signing up for the Publications Lab (JNL 215). Aspiring writers, photographers, web developers, filmmakers, social media managers, podcasters — whatever your interests may be, come and put your skills to use and build your portfolio, or learn some new skills with us. Whether journalism is your passion or you’re just the curious type, we have a place for you on our team.

Even if you aren’t interested in joining us, we would still love to hear from you. Send us a message at editors@chemeketacourier.com. Use that email address for anything from submitting story ideas to feedback to arranging a time to drop by and meet our team.

Likewise, be sure to visit our website at www.chemeketacourier.com for local news, as well as our social media accounts: @CCCCourier on Instagram and Facebook.

Lastly, we want to thank you, our readers, for your support. A news organization like ours is nothing without the trust and support of their community. We look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you.

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