There is a common misconception about newspapers that I'd like to take a crack at clearing up.
That misconception is that advertising departments have input into what stories are published.
Now, I'm not going to try to argue that that is universally untrue. Sure, there are newspapers that will run or withhold information because they're asked to by an advertiser or by an advertising sales person.
At The Herald-Mail, and at any publication worthy of being called a newspaper, that isn't the case.
Certainly, we value our advertisers. We couldn't publish our newspaper without them.
And it's not just their revenue that is appreciated. We are well aware that ads draw readers, just as news stories do. There are ads with coupons, ads with lists of weekly specials, ads that provide information about coming events and so on.
Even as we value our advertisers, we value our integrity and credibility. Any newspaper that would let any factor other than news judgment determine what should or shouldn't be published in its news space has neither.