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Press Release: Op-Ed – Khrystal K. Davis: Some Advice for Dealing with Today’s Health Crisis, from a Family Who’ve Been There

For Immediate Release

May 13, 2020

Op-Ed

Some Advice for Dealing with Today’s Health Crisis, from a Family Who’ve Been There

By Khrystal K. Davis, JD

For most Americans, today’s lockdowns and social distancing requirements are new. For my family, they’re what we do every flu season. That’s because our son, Hunter, has a rare condition known as spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), and any type of infection can quickly become life-threatening for him.

Stepping up to support community newspapers

Politicians have long liked to say this or that is “the challenge of our time.” It’s an over-used phrase, but for those of us born after World War II, the coronavirus pandemic is surely that. And it is especially a challenge for community newspapers because it comes on top of another unprecedented challenge they already faced. How will they respond?

Pulitzer Prizes in Journalism awarded to writers, photographers and newspapers in Texas

1955 - Local Reporting - Edition time 
Mrs. Caro Brown of Alice Daily Echo
For a series of news stories dealing with the successful attack on one-man political rule in neighboring Duval County, written under unusual pressure both of edition time and difficult, even dangerous, circumstances. Mrs. Brown dug into the facts behind the dramatic daily events, as well, and obtained her stories in spite of the bitterest political opposition, showing professional skill and courage.

Local newspapers can shine while covering pandemic

For years, naysayers have said local and community newspapers are dying. They cite falling ad revenue, aging readership, lower subscriber rates and meager online revenue as Google and Facebook take the lion’s share.
COVID-19 has proved we are more relevant than ever, however. As tough a time as this is for our communities, our state and our nation, this is also a time for newspapers’  renaissance. It is a great opportunity to show our communities that no one covers them — and cares for them — like their local newspaper.