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Meet the new editor of the Arkansas Valley papers, and help protect local journalism

Austin White
LA Junta Tribune

Hello there, I’m Austin White and I’m the new editor of the La Junta Tribune-Democrat, as well as the Fowler Tribune, Bent County Democrat, Ag Journal and Pueblo West View. 

A little about myself: I was born and raised in Wheat Ridge, a town between Golden and Lakewood, west of Denver. 

After graduating from Wheat Ridge High School, I attended and received my bachelor's degree in journalism from Colorado State University in Fort Collins. 

After graduation I began working in the sports department of the Pueblo Chieftain, covering everything and anything prep sports-wise from the county’s nine high schools. 

Ever since my first day at the Chieftain, I have pushed and wanted to make the paper better, whether that be digitally, on social media or improving the print product. 

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I’m bringing that same energy to these Arkansas Valley papers, as I hope to improve our presence online and continue to bring our readers the best coverage they can get. 

Let’s face it, a local newspaper in communities within the Ark Valley is one of only a few institutions keeping an eye out for the people. TV news isn’t out there on a daily basis, and our papers are unique in the region. 

Knowing that, I’m committed to helping our reporters find the stories that impact you the most and to be the local watchdogs in the community, keeping track of government and many other issues in the area. 

With that being said, we need your support as well. 

Our readers deserve fair and impactful coverage, and a subscription to the Tribune-Democrat can help support our work and keep those eyes on the community. 

You may have noticed already that we have put our local sports coverage behind a subscriber-only paywall online. We believe no one else can cover local preps the way we do, and we believe that our subscribers should be the primary beneficiaries of that coverage.

We'll start to put some news content behind that paywall, as well.

Currently, we’re having a sale where you can get a digital subscription for $1 a month for the first six months. It's only going on until Feb. 18.

I encourage you to give it a try and see if you find our coverage worth paying for after those six months at the regular price.

Also, if you’re already a print subscriber, you already receive full online access. Head to the Tribune-Democrat website, and under “Subscribe” there will be an option to activate your digital access. 

You will find our continued reporting on school districts in the Ark Valley, our articles on local government boards, plenty of sports coverage and many more stories to come.  

You’ll also find stories of success in the community, and we’ll be there to highlight the positives and help praise those who make the Ark Valley community proud. 

The changes over the past few years have been plentiful. We know, and we are frustrated at times with the hits the news industry has taken over the course of this century. 

But a local newspaper can’t be replaced. Without one, actions go unreported and there may not be a voice to call out things when they aren’t working the way they should for the community. 

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You can help protect the Ark Valley from those potential issues with your subscription. And in return, we’ll give you the best journalism our staff is capable of delivering. 

And if you ever have questions, concerns or news tips, feel free to reach out to me. My email is awhite@chieftain.com. 

I look forward to working with our staff and this community, as well. 

No community is without great stories and issues that need resolving, and we’ll be there for all of it. 

Chieftain News Content Coach Austin White can be reached by email at awhite@chieftain.com or on Twitter at twitter.com/ajw_sports. Help support the Chieftain and get the latest news with a digital subscription.