By Stephanie Stanislao
Forum News Service
Roger Sievers, multimedia producer for Rivertown Multimedia, said that the video, titled “Hold the Press”, was created to remind and inform area communities about the importance of local newspapers. The video highlights the role of the local newspaper in the community, featuring interviews with editors from the Rivertown group, political figures and newspaper subscribers. Sievers explained that those featured were chosen because they were credible and had the ability speak to the audience about community involvement.
Steven Murphy, a former Minnesota state senator, shared his thoughts in “Hold the Press” on why newspapers are still a vital part of the community. “Obviously, when it comes to the political season, you have to be engaged. Because, if you don’t do your own research and all you’re doing is voting on the mailers you get, or the phone calls you get, you have to understand that those are all one perspective. And, if you want to get a well-rounded feel for what’s going in the area politics before you vote, you gotta read your local, hometown newspaper, ” Murphy said.
Subscribers of the newspaper also shared their thoughts in this Rivertown Multimedia production. “The local paper brings us together in a much closer way. I really feel that a community without any media in it is just a cold community of people behind closed doors. And, this really opens up the community a lot. We interact with each other. We grieve together. We have joy together. And, it makes for a very rich community,” said Dave Boudoin, a Hastings, Minn. native and newspaper subscriber.
Rivertown Multimedia is owned by Forum Communications Co., a multimedia information company based in Fargo, that owns dozens of newspapers, websites, television and radio stations and commercial printing plants in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin.