Opinion: Why we’re still worthy

STOPPED buying The Star when it went to $1.20. Was not worth it then and is certainly not worth $1.50 now. Dave, Ballina.

That's the first email that greeted me upon my arrival at work yesterday.

Rather than let Dave's SMS message depress me I took it on the chin and didn't let it spoil my day.

You see, Dave (great name by the way), I looked out of my office window and it was a beautiful, sunny day.

I looked right and saw the eight or nine staff on the floor at that moment busily beavering away.

These are all local people The Northern Star employs to bring you the news each day.

I glanced at one of the digital producers who started work at 5.30am to fire up the website.

Then I turned my attention to the chief of staff, who started at 7.30am, so she could organise the day and assign the reporters and photographers jobs and come up with a pretty decent set of news stories.

Sitting next to her was our newspaper's designer, one of the most innovative and creative people I have ever worked with in my nearly 30 years in journalism.

I glanced down at the paper's layout and estimated we'd crank up between 20 to 30 local news, sport and features stories in this edition and more online including photo galleries and videos.

And you know what I thought Dave? That's well worth $1.50.

Ask yourself: what else can you buy for a $1.50 these days? Can you buy a loaf of bread or two litres of milk for that?

That's why I think the Star is still good value.



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