Welcome to this week’s editorial, Another big week in the Eurobodalla for news. Sadly however we still haven’t seen the return of the Moruya Examiner since it disappeared pre-Covid for cost saving measures. ACM had indicated it, along with the other withdrawn papers, would return to the fold at the end of June as a South Coast masthead where it had served its community for over one hundred years. But alas the Moruya Examiner has not returned leaving the community to rely on just sixteen pages of print on Wednesdays in both the Bay Post and the Narooma News with the Friday edition of the Bay Post now just a slip at 12 pages.
Above: Moruya Times and South Coast Journal 26 September 1888 - newspapers record the warp and weft of a community - what will we have to reflect on in 132 years time?
The media plays a major role in celebrating the warp and weft of our community. It informs, it includes and where able it ensures that the stories of the community are told, and captured to become archives of the history of a place and its people. We love to explore the treasure chest of TROVE and to read how life was. Most recently the archives were once again consulted to verify flood heights in Moruya and to reflect on days gone by when the town was flooded in the extreme. The local newspaper plays its role in becoming part of this archive and with the unannounced demise of the Moruya Examiner it appears we have come to the end of an era that had no fanfare. And what of the Moruya Examiner archives. Fairfax had stated it would respect the historical worth of its papers and would see back editions digitally archived. Sadly that has not happened for regional papers. With the new ownership of our local papers by ACM our future TROVE of history is not being recorded. In twenty, fifty or one hundred years there will be no record of our day to day and unless there is a commitment by publishers to archive their new articles to the internet we will have little history at all. While local historians are working to restore stories of the past the stories of today are simply slipping by. Until next—lei Note: all of the Beagle Weekender archives are provided to the National Library and the articles are all stored and indexed by Google on the net to ensure they remain accessible.