FROM THE EDITOR: The hard truth about the stories we tell at the Daily News

On a daily basis, there are a lot of interesting stories to be told across Newport County.

Whether it's a feature on the newest small business to call the area home or breaking news, there's something to keep readers informed about. As we make our decisions on what to write each day, there is one category we're always looking to cover and that's hard news.

By hard news, I'm not referring to coverage of an event or a meeting happening in town, but really breaking down what's happening and helping readers understand why it matters.

Will Richmond
Will Richmond

Take, for example, last week's stories by Sean Flynn on large-scale solar development in Newport County. There's much more to the issue than writing an individual story each time. This is where we step in. Sean masterfully broke down what each municipality in the county is doing to protect against these developments and why they are taking these steps. In a separate story, he provided a comprehensive list of what's been proposed in each community.

Those stories are full of information that goes beyond the back-and-forth that takes place at meetings.

When it comes to public safety in the county, Laura Damon regularly has dug deeper into crime-related actions. During the past year, she has shed new light on the cold cases of Diane Drake and Zacary Medina.

Laura teamed with our newest reporter, Bethany Brunelle-Raja, to provide the deepest coverage the May murder of Little Compton man Maximus Julian, including information on the suspect's previous arrests and detailing through discussions with experts what could happen next.

Meanwhile, Savana Dunning has been there along the way to detail the struggles Aquidneck Island's hospitality industry has faced, especially the workforce shortage, during the attempts to return from the pandemic. Her stories have delved beyond the "we don't have enough employees" storyline to explain how restaurants have dealt with the shortage while also trying to retain the employees they do have.

This is really just a very small sample of the type of work being done by the staff at The Daily News and, truth been told, I've probably mentioned some of these articles in past articles because I'm proud of the work we do.

As for why I chose to write about this topic this month, it's really quite simple. There are a number of media outlets a consumer can choose from these days, from the local to state to national level. Locally, some do good things and are good at what they do, but the ability to give readers a deeper look at the issues that are affecting them is what I believe our strength truly is and will continue to be.

Already we have some plans in the works for 2022 that will build upon these efforts and continue to place us as the publication — whether you read us in print or online — that provides unique and interesting stories you won't find anywhere else.

So my one ask is to tell a friend, a family member, a co-worker about the quality work you've seen from The Daily News. It's that support that will keep us here giving you the information to better inform your lives.

And since my next column won't come until the new year, I wish you all have a safe and happy holiday season.

Will Richmond is the executive editor of The Newport Daily News and His “From the Editor” column appears monthly. You can reach him at

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