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How we balance our coverage

Shelton-Mason County Journal of Shelton, Washington

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Each week, our editorial staff does its best to report on the issues and stories that matter to you.

Those stories are not always feel-good pieces — many of the story topics we've reported on recently relate to growing homeless-ness, crumbling infrastructure and violent crime.

But that's not all we report on. The role of a community newspaper is to also tell stories about people, not just problems. Within the pages of the Mason County Journal, you'll find stories about crime, but you'll also find stories about hope. You'll read about the bad, but youll also read about the good.

Last week, we published a front-page story about a cancer patient whose family was on the verge of meeting a $50,000 fundraising goal to help pay for her treatments. Earlier this year we wrote about a woman who donated a portion of her liver to a neighbor.

We try to balance out our coverage with the news you have to know, with the news you want to know.

We're lucky that we have such an active group of nonprofit organizations that raise money for great causes.

In this week's issue alone, you'll read about a benefit fundraiser for an organization dedicated to providing shelter and services to victims of domestic violence. You'll see a story about dog owners raising money for the American Cancer Society.

And that's not all.

In this week's paper youll also see a 36-page special section devoted to OysterFest, the annual celebration in Shelton that contributes money back into the community in the form of projects and academic scholarships.

Mason County residents know how to give back to their community — that's apparent as your flip through the pages of the Journal.

We hope that their stories inspire, as well as inform you and your family.

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Original Publication Date: September 24, 2015

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