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Posted: Monday, Jan 20th, 2014

When four staff members from the Uinta County Herald traveled to Laramie this past weekend to attend the Wyoming Press Association convention, we weren’t exactly sure what we were in for. And we learned a lot when we got there.

It was the first Wyoming convention for three of the four staffers who attended the three-day conference, and the first in several years for the other.

We were surrounded by some of the biggest names in Wyoming newspapers and some others from the national media — people like Abby Sewell of the Los Angeles Times and Ted Bridis of the Associated Press.

While talking to many people at the convention, we realized how easy it is to forget, in our corner of the state, that other newspapers deal with many of the same issues we deal with each day.

The WPA convention offered an opportunity to learn from our peers, as well as industry leaders, about a variety of topics. We decided to head different directions to cover as many sessions and glean as much information as possible.

So what did we bring back to Evanston? We brought back a game plan for making the newspaper better. We brought back enthusiasm to take better pictures, to write more engaging stories, to present those to our readers in more appealing fashion and to be better journalists.

We were reminded over and over again that our real job is to bring the news to the people. Community newspapers excel by bringing local news to local residents. National news can be found anywhere, from daily newspapers to syndicated radio, to television and the Internet.

Yes, of course we care what happens on a national and international level, but if you want to see pictures of your son’s basketball game or your daughter’s spelling bee, or find out what happened at this week’s city council meeting, the best place to turn is your local newspaper.

We are motivated and inspired by those who have come before us, across the state. Not only are they talented, funny and excellent at what they do, but also they are willing and eager to help small newspapers, such as this one, strive for excellence. They want to help us improve. They want to see us succeed.

And they will.

So we headed back to Evanston during the bright but windy hours early Sunday morning, infused with enthusiasm. We want to do better.

And we will.

We want to cover local government in a complete and professional manner, holding our elected officials accountable.

And we will.

We want to provide clean, crisp pictures that brighten the pages.

And we will.

We want to write stories that entertain, inform and educate the members of our community.

And we will.

This is our commitment to a community that deserves nothing less.

We, the staff at the Herald, pledge to serve the community first. We pledge to ask the hard questions, tell the truth and entertain, too.

This community deserves a newspaper that is willing to continue to deliver a quality product, and that is our pledge to you.

As always, we welcome and encourage your involvement with the newspaper. If you see areas where the Herald could use some improvement, please let us know. This is your community and your newspaper.

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