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OSN EDITORIAL: Why I Believe in the Future of Journalism

By Hilde Kate Lysiak


EDITOR’S NOTE: I originally published the speech below in Newsweek.

People ask me all the time why I want to be a reporter. It’s a dying industry, they say!

I get why people think that. Everywhere I turn I see bad news about the news: like how people don’t buy newspapers anymore. Or how so many newspapers have had to close, and how the ones that have stayed open have had to cut their staffs. The future, they say, is bleak.

I’ve been told I should find another job. One with a future.

Well, not only do I think these people are wrong, but I believe the future has never been brighter for reporters.

Think about it. Has there ever been a time where more people wanted or needed the news than right now? Because of the internet, people from all around the world can access information any time and any where from the screen of their smart phone or laptop. This isn’t a good thing. This is a great thing. Each one of these people is a potential subscriber to the Orange Street News.

But people say, newspapers might get online readers, but they don’t make money anymore.To answer that claim, I’d like to point them to the only newspaper that exclusively serves the people of Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania.

I’m proud to say that the newspaper I’m the publisher of, the Orange Street News, does make a profit. I do this while also publishing all my stories online for free and without accepting paid advertising. In fact, my print subscribers pay enough for me to pay for all of my expenses including printing along with upgrades, like how I recently bought a new computer.


First, I keep my expenses low. I have only one employee, my older sister Izzy. She is paid $25 per week to handle my website and shoot and edit my video news reports.

But most importantly, I keep working hard to get good stories, and that leads to new subscribers.

It isn’t complicated. I know that as soon as the Orange Street News stops getting exclusive stories that are important to the people, the people will stop buying the Orange Street News.

I’m okay with that.


Over the past year, the Orange Street News has exclusively reported on the problem with hard drugs at Selinsgrove High School, a scandal at my local fire stationscandal at my local fire station and hundreds of other stories that are important to the people.

But there is a bigger obstacle facing journalists today than losing money. Too many people just don’t believe what reporters are reporting anymore.

That’s why every story in the Orange Street News focuses on answering six questions: who, what, where, why, when, and how. I am careful to never put my opinions into my news articles and to report only facts. Of course I have opinions on politics too, but I don’t share those either. I never know who I might be interviewing or reporting on in the future and I want my readers to know that I will always be fair. I know that if I lose the trust of my readers, I might as well find another job. But as long as I have that trust, I can keep growing.

I know I won’t change everyone’s mind. People will still continue to tell me that it’s such a shame that I’m in an industry with no future.

But I know the truth: that reporting the news is not only important, but the best job in the world. And speaking as someone’s whose paper is growing — take it from me.

The best days of journalism aren’t in the past. They are just beginning.

7 comments on “OSN EDITORIAL: Why I Believe in the Future of Journalism

  1. Eric Rogers
    November 6, 2017

    I am an admirer of integrity, which is why I appreciate your publication. Keep up the good work and always stick to your guns.

    Sincerely, E.R.



  2. Bob Lamm
    November 9, 2017

    Great editorial. I’m 70 years old. Our country’s need for serious reporters is greater than at any time in my life. You have my respect and support. And I hope your fine example inspires other young people to become journalists!


  3. Cristina Priotto
    November 11, 2017

    Dear Hilde, I have read about your project in the New York Times (German edition) – your editorial is the best statement on the future of journalism I know. I also work for a German local newspaper, and your opinion and conviction that printed papers are important and will endure makes me optimistic that thanks to people like you we will have good reporters in the future.


  4. Anonymous
    November 12, 2017

    Speaking of print subscribers, when do we place our order for the following year? You should send out notices of ‘payment due’….. Some of us old folks forget when we started our subscription. (I can remember listing to FDR’s Fire Side Chats on the radio with my dad…)

    Keep up the good work, no personal opinions and you will do just fine. America is sick of the fake news that is being poured down our throats!!!! Just the facts mam, just the facts!! as Sargent Joe Friday said in his TV show.

    Your biggest problem is that you have a lot of people who are jealous of you so hang in there!!!!!



  5. Lisa
    November 16, 2017

    As a current journalism student, I’m amazed and inspired by your dedication and passion for the field. It’s renewed a spark in me to keep working hard, and I know it’s people like you that will change the future news industry for the better. Keep up the good work!


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