As you hold this newspaper today and retrace a practice that was started 118 years ago and reiterate a faith since 35 years ago, our heads bow in humility and chests swell in pride. You helped us become and remain the Voice of Goa. This newspaper isn’t just another daily dose of information to the people. It is what You, it’s reader makes it. And we love living up to that expectation. “A good newspaper”, in noted playwright Arthur Miller’s words, “I suppose, is a nation talking to itself”. Herald loves living up to that role. Every day, it is you who calls us up, writes passionate postcards and emails to us, shares the stories on WhatsApp & Facebook, dissects every nook and corner of the newspaper and yes, points out the typos and grammar. Something that is so personal, so ‘family’ that Herald feels proud of being part of your life. You raise us up. And we continue to learn from and listen to you.
But this hasn’t been a comfortable journey together. Herald is just as human as you are. We err, we learn, we correct, we grow – and it is a cycle. Perfection, after all, is a journey and so is trust. And we work every day, every edition, every story towards consolidating that trust. This newspaper is borne out of that constant dialogue that man has within himself. Our newsroom plays the Devil’s Advocate to deliver you what you want to know followed by what you ought to know. Herein lies our challenge. We live in times of fake news and rapidly deteriorating trust in conventional media. Where a newspaper might ‘allege’ a story citing legal considerations while a citizen posts the hard evidence on social media rendering newspapers questionable. Who do you trust, then? Evidence posted on a social media platform or a conservative newspaper balancing the various sides of truth? You chose the latter and that is where we derive strength from.
In times to come, Herald would have its readers writing and signing off on its editorial policy in tangible form, citizens would be the editorial board that decides where the newspaper should have done more or where did it err – we aspire to be democratic in its purest form. The critical and the cynical amongst you may look at history and say that ‘Hey! You have been this way or that’. But then the voice of Goa is a human voice and does get affected (not influenced) by the regime of greed, guilt and coercion that exists around us. Yet we survive on the strength that we derive from your trust in us. If faith can move mountains, trust does make Herald indomitable. Be us, be with us.
These are tough times for Goa, for India and the fragile times that we live in. You shall see the crime and the criminal both on our pages as much as you see the hope and the doer. If there is more bad news, more in-the-face news and shake-you-to-the-core news on Herald unlike others, it is because you want to see every wrong placed on record and accounted for. You, the reader, understand that there is a lot to be done to make our world a better place and hyper-celebrating small victories befool the readers into living in a pseudo realm. Herald is You – quiet, intrusive, incisive, daring and committed; to make the world a better place.
This anniversary we don’t complete just another milestone of trust and learning, we surge forward. We embark on an exciting new journey where you would see Herald dig deeper into the many acts of commissions and omissions that we are witnessing in present times, it will bring in the youth and the common man into realm of serious journalism and empower them to take charge of Goa but most importantly, it shall embark on a journey from being voice of Goa to the conscience of Goa.