What’s it like to publish a newspaper in rural Kansas these days?
Following the police raid of the Marion County Record, the editors of two small-town Kansas newspapers, the Iola Register and the Marysville Advocate, joined Up To Date to discuss what it takes to keep local publications going in a culture increasingly hostile toward the media.
Papers in rural Kansas, and in small towns across the country, work tirelessly and with limited resources to report the facts to their communities on a daily basis.
Susan Lynn, editor and publisher of the Iola Register, told KCUR's Up To Date that if the Register was raided like the Record, residents would likely question the motives of the paper or police.
“We really depend on our relationship with law enforcement officers and so if that looks like it's threatened, then I think it is very disturbing for a community,” she says.
Sarah Kessinger, editor and publisher of the Marysville Advocate, told KCUR that reporting news in a small town is often about the relationships you have to maintain.
“We all live next door to the local police officer or interact with them in the Rotary Club or in different ways,” she says. “I've always had the good fortune of having law enforcement around who understood that and that we had to do our job and they had to do their job.”