Styf: When you subscribe, we work for you

Jon Styf
Jon Styf

On Monday, I took a phone call from a reader who was concerned about phone calls he had been receiving.

The calls he was receiving were related to a local candidate and not kind, with seemingly no factual backing or proof. He wanted us to look into it.

We are.

Those calls aren’t uncommon heading into an election, but it’s our job to sort out which are real and which aren’t, and then report back to you.

On Tuesday morning, we received several messages from readers regarding a threat on Cary-Grove High School.

We got the information, asked questions and covered it fully.

The same thing happened a week earlier, when we received a tip that Richmond-Burton Community High School would be deciding the job status of athletic director and football coach Pat Elder.

And the same is true with plenty of other tips we’ve received in the past month, year and decade.

You have questions, and we seek out answers and information to leave you better informed.

We are here to shine a light on government, spending, taxation, business and all of the things going on in the community.

An essential part of that process is you, our eyes and ears throughout the community, telling us what you’re seeing and what you want to know more about.

As we move into the future as a news organization, there is nothing more important than that relationship between you as subscribers and us.

We need you to send us tips. We need you to subscribe.

You need us to investigate, now and in the future.

Gone are the days when our newsroom is funded solely through print advertising.

Here are the days when you, as a local resident, know that you are paying for the journalism you receive, no matter where you receive it – on Facebook, on Twitter, in your email, on our website and in print.

Think of your subscription as an investment in a better community. Know that it is necessary to continue our quest to bring you the truth.

With that, however, comes responsibility.

We are here to listen to you, hear what you say and care about, and report – without bias – on those local issues you deem important.

You can’t find that anywhere else. And it doesn’t get done for free.

So take a minute this week, sign up for one of our free newsletters that feature exclusive local news analysis, and decide to subscribe.

Know that we will work for you.

To take that a step further, I’ll make you an offer.

If you start a new subscription before the upcoming March 20 election, or if you’re a current subscriber and you sign up for a newsletter, send me a receipt to prove it at

I’ll invite you into the office, along with all other new subscribers, for a face-to-face talk the morning of March 29 so we can speak directly about what you would like to see in our coverage.

That’s my commitment to you.

You will be heard.

We will continue to cover the local news unlike anyone else.

Can’t wait to see you then.

• Northwest Herald editor Jon Styf can be reached at or 815-526-4630.

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