Nearly four years ago, when The Lake Report started, our main goal was to tell the stories of the people of Niagara-on-the-Lake and bring readers all the news that is important and relevant to your lives in our fair town.
That has been accomplished on a proverbial shoestring, with a dedicated group of journalists and advertising staff, plus a “small army” of community contributors who embraced our wee paper from the get-go.
This week your Lake Report is riding high as our newspaper industry peers singled us out for more than a dozen professional honours, reflecting the hard work and dedication of all those people from our community who contribute to and support the work we do.
Without all of you there would be no Lake Report.
On top of all that are the NOTL businesses, nearly 50 of them most weeks, that entrust to us their marketing dollars so they can reach our readers – and help their businesses grow and flourish. Most definitely without such support The Lake Report would be but a dream.
When we learned this week that The Lake Report received more awards than any other publication in the Better Newspapers Competition, hosted by the Ontario Community Newspapers Association, we were, of course, proud.
Awards are a great pat on the back, but they are not why we do what we do.
As the old journalism maxim goes, part of why we're here is to “comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable,” but it also is to bring you professional journalism that tells the pertinent stories of our community, keeps an eye on those in power and sometimes has a bit of fun along that journey.
We are far from perfect and respect the fact you let us know when we are not. But we genuinely thank you for caring enough to read what we publish and we commit to living up to the trust you place in us.
This is a community partnership and we are proud to be part of the fabric of Niagara-on-the-Lake.