It's been a couple of weeks since I've drawn your attention to this, but The Batavian continues to publish more local news than any other source, and we more frequently beat the competition than we get beat on local stories.
By local, we mean Genesee County, which is all we cover.
We cover more events. We publish more local photos. Our calendar has more local events -- more events publicized in one place than you can even find on social media (send your calendar items to be included to [email protected]). This week, for the first time, we published a listing of local music at local venues, which makes us the only local publication to offer such a calendar. We publish more press releases, which also helps you stay better informed about what's going on in the local community (send press releases to [email protected]). I didn't include much sports in the list below, including the Muckdogs, because we don't have a sports staff, but we have beat the competition on sports stories, and we seem to have more coverage of the Muckdogs these days.
All of this adds up to The Batavian being a complete and comprehensive local news outlet like none other around here.
A report by Northwestern University says that local newspapers are dying at a rate of two per week. The future of local news is digital, which is why you should support online local news.
We work hard to bring you the news, sometimes too hard (I put in more than 100 hours this past week), which is why we started Early Access Pass. Local news isn't going to survive without reader support. It simply isn't sustainable without readers helping pay for it.
Here's a list of stories from the past week that The Batavian beat the competition on, and often the coverage is still only available on The Batavian.
- The unremarkable but still valuable sports career of a Batavia boy (Part 2), by David Reilly
- Music and open containers go hand-in-hand at Ramble, by Joanne Beck
- Muckdogs fans show artistic flair during drawing contest Monday, by Joanne Beck
- 'Mayhem' coming to Batavia ice arena July 16, by Joanne Beck
- Dog that attacked people in South Main Street residence surrendered, euthanized, by Howard Owens
- From board member, volunteer and doula, Staebell takes on interim ED role at Crossroads, by Joanne Beck
- UPS workers in Batavia demonstrate their willingness to strike in brief picket, by Howard Owens
- Water shortage means no spray parks in 90-degree heat, Joanne Beck
- Champions crowned for 2023 season in Batavia Youth Baseball, by Howard Owens
- Local chef smokin' in Corfu with BBQ restaurant and catering service, by Jazmyne Boozer
- Photos: Spray Park open in Batavia, by Howard Owens
- Le Roy claims district Little League title, moves on to regionals, by Howard Owens
- Photos: Craig Morgan and Drake White at Batavia Downs, photos by Nick Serrata
- Photos: Jackson Square concert series opens with Skycats, by Howard Owens
- Photos: Eli Fish Carnival in Jackson Square, by Howard Owens
- First-place Muckdogs stay hot behind dominating pitching of Ryan Kinney, by Howard Owens
- Photos: Alexander Firemen's Tractor Pull, photos by Nick Serrata
Many of these stories were available only to members of Early Access Pass during the first four hours of publication. Click here to join Early Access Pass.