With the pandemic and its impacts of financial stress and isolation, protests, wildfires and a chaotic election season, most individuals are able to see the tip of 2020. But 2021 will start the place 2020 ended, with everybody at residence adhering to the directives from county and state well being officers.
As anxiousness ranges proceed to rise within the area over the quickly escalating variety of COVID-19 instances and deaths, so does “pandemic fatigue” from being below lockdowns of various variations for greater than 9 months.
Our workplace continues to be closed to the general public and our workers is working from residence — typically whereas taking good care of youngsters or different relations — making our work all of the more difficult. Nonetheless, serving our readers throughout occasions of disaster or pure disasters with correct and well timed reporting is among the most necessary capabilities of an area information group.
However when our protection is required most, we’re struggling financially. Like most native information organizations, our income from promoting is simply a fraction of what it was pre-pandemic, and that was down considerably from a scant 5 years in the past.
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