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We are in this together

Many times over the years I have written about how newspapers are navigating a new frontier. At The Telegraph, we have been on the forefront of change since our inception in 1832.

First there was the printing press, then linotype. We progressed to the era of computers for writing stories and doing layout and design to the digital age of e-editions and all we currently offer in tandem with our daily printed newspaper.

In recent weeks, though, it’s not been just us at The Telegraph who are navigating new, uncertain territory. Coronavirus has put us on alert as it moved from something distant across the world to here in our own backyard. We all likely are wondering: What does this mean and how do we move forward as COVID-19’s impact is far from over?

First and foremost, I encourage everyone not to panic. This situation is very serious and real. I, in no way, want to minimize that. I also defer to medical, safety and other professionals for direction on proper response via CDC.gov.

What I want to convey is you are not alone. There are many questions in this situation, and we are committed to providing you with and connecting you to answers our readers need and deserve.

In my more than 30 years in media, neither I nor my colleagues have seen anything of the magnitude of COVID-19 in terms of the closures and social distancing that are necessary to ensure public safety at this time. However, what we do know is your community newspaper remains a constant: the trusted local news and information source when you need it most.

This news and information is unique to our readers’ perspective. We’re reporting on local schools, businesses, volunteers, really the whole spectrum of life in our community and how we all are making it through a pandemic.

The Telegraph, in service to the community, has opened free access to COVID-19 stories. This includes ones we are reporting locally, ones via our state news service, and ones featuring national and world news as well. It’s all packaged under one link at the upper right of our website nashuatelegraph.com.

We are in this together.

Breaking news and our award-winning coverage will continue during this challenging time. You still can expect to receive the print edition and all digital access to e-editions and more online, and we appreciate the support of our subscribers. The sheer number of stories and updates required during this time may feel a bit overwhelming to readers.

Our newspapers – The Telegraph, The Cabinet, Merrimack, Hollis-Brookline and Souhegan Valley Sunday Selects – always are committed to positive community news stories. On any given day, these types of articles usually are prominently featured.

As the above newspapers’ publisher, I strongly believe we must make every effort to ensure that continues during this difficult time. We can’t do that without your and our community’s assistance.

I’m personally inviting anyone who sees something positive and worth noting in the coming days to send me that information for potential publication. Some of the most trying times in our nation have seen Americans at our strongest.

Granite Staters and those right here in Greater Nashua are rising to the tremendous challenges we currently face. Help us share their stories.

Also, if there are specific questions you would like answered with regard to COVID-19 or any issue, I encourage you to submit those to me as well. We are and will continue to be an information lifeline for our readers.

I may be reached via my direct-dial line at 603-594-1204 or via email at hhenline@nashuatelegraph.com.

May we all stay safe. May we all watch over one another. And may we remember to wash our hands – as we each do our part to either distance socially or keep vital services running.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: This content is being provided for free as a public service to our community during the coronavirus outbreak. Please support local journalism by subscribing to The Telegraph at https://home.nashuatelegraph.com/clickshare/checkDelivery.do;jsessionid=40C089D96583CD7318C1C1D9317B6162.

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