Change is good; it should be embraced, not feared
Published 11:45 pm Saturday, April 12, 2014
The Greek philosopher Heraclitus said, “The only thing that is constant is change.” Although he spoke these words around 1,500 years ago, they remain as true today as they undoubtedly were then.
Many greet the possibility of change with fear and trepidation, but this should not be the case. Granted, some change is unwanted — the death of a loved one or the loss of a home to a natural disaster, for instance. Change can be especially traumatic when one has not had time to prepare for it. But for some, the fear lies not in the loss but in a general fear of the unknown or an unwillingness to learn new methods.
This is a faulty mindset, for without change, there cannot be growth.
The Daily News just went through a major change of its own when it was acquired from Wick Communications by Bogalusa Newsmedia LLC, wholly owned by Carpenter Newsmedia LLC and operated by media group Boone Newspapers Inc. Often, and especially in this time of premature reports of the death of the newspaper, such acquisitions are viewed negatively. This is especially true in this area after the Times-Picayune was scaled back to three editions per week.
But regarding The Daily News deal, nothing could be further from the truth. BNI, based nearby in Alabama, offers the newspaper several advantages and is committed to supporting community newspapers, such as this one.
For the reader, the changes will be minimal and, hopefully, all for the better. For the newspaper’s employees, there are new methods, but the mission remains the same.
So, it is with eyes focused on the future that The Daily News enters its newest phase, one not of despair but of hope.
And, contrary to Heraclitus’ saying, there is one thing that will never change: The Daily News’ commitment to bringing its readers coverage of what happens here in Washington Parish.