As we begin the brand new yr, The Advocate appears again at among the tales that impacted our neighborhood in 2022.
One of many largest roles media can play is in maintaining folks knowledgeable concerning the subjects that have an effect on their lives. It is no totally different right here in Licking County.
Our staff of journalists got down to present information and data that mattered to you, particularly in gentle of the announcement by Intel to invest $20 billion in western Licking County. Such an funding is anticipated to vary the panorama of our neighborhood and we made certain to change our protection priorities to spotlight what these modifications could also be.
We produced in-depth enterprise that examined how the event will have an effect on communities all through the county, shared what number of communities are struggling to plan for such a growth and supplied readers with how they’ll become involved within the Framework planning process for the event. The Advocate’s editorial board persistently referred to as for native leaders to come back collectively and plan for Intel earlier than it’s too late.
Exterior of Intel, The Advocate additionally highlighted lots of the issues that make Licking County particular – from our weekly Aces options on native enterprise folks to our intensive prep sports activities protection detailing how our youngsters are succeeding on and off the sphere.
We shared a sequence of columns and information articles concerning the significance of the Newark Earthworks because the state makes an attempt to get them World Heritage designation – a designation that may have important profit to native tourism.
Our journalism lifted the voices of those that’ve felt powerless and added recent views to the information.
We dug by public information, pressed decision-makers for solutions and interviewed and photographed individuals who shared tales of loss, survived trauma and impressed change. We dug into the dysfunction in Johnstown and Etna Township to ensure residents knew how their leaders had been behaving.
The Advocate additionally sought to tell its readers forward of native elections of consequence. It co-hosted a main debate for the county commissioner seat, hosted a podcast forward of the particular second legislative main and supplied numerous preview tales forward of November’s common election.
As any good paper does, The Advocate is dedicated to holding these in energy accountable for his or her actions and giving voice to the unvoiced. We don’t plan for that to cease in 2023.