EDITORIAL: Why we’re here…still

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN DON RATZLAFF
When we published the first issue of the Free Press a little more than three years ago, we set high goals that we wanted to achieve-for our benefit and yours. We stated those as clearly as we could through a mission statement as well as specific values that we felt we owed our readers if we deserved a chance to serve this community and county.


Three-plus years have passed. During this “National Newspaper Week” it seems prudent to publish them again. We want you to know our vision and tell us how you think we’re doing-after all, your evaluation means more to us than our own. We look forward to serving you for many more years to come.


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THE MISSION of the Hillsboro Free Press is to contribute to a stronger and more vibrant community by practicing and promoting the highest standards of journalism for the benefit of our readers and advertisers.


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WHAT WE OWE OUR READERS:


— Content that is relevant to personal and community needs and interests.


— Writing that is clear, concise and lively.


— Reporting that is aggressive, thorough, fair and accurate.


— Features that are enlightening and entertaining.


— Commentary that is relevant and incisive.


— Design and graphics that enhance readability and impact.


— Advertising that serves consumer needs and satisfaction.


— A forum for feedback and dialogue.


— Courteous consideration of concerns and criticisms.

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