In this week’s EagleHerald you had the opportunity to read stories on a keel laying ceremony for the future USS Nantucket, a new meal program in the Marinette School District, a former coach convicted of sex charges, the Marinette Menominee Youth Hockey Association presenting economic data to a Marinette committee, and much, much more.

What do those stories have in common? They all appeared on page A1 of our newspaper and they all provided in-depth details you can’t find anywhere else.

As we wind down toward the end of National Newspaper Week (Oct. 6-12), it’s a chance for us to pat ourselves on the back.

With no disrespect to other medium, we are confident in saying that the best source for complete local coverage of news and sports is your daily newspaper. We believe that statement and we are proud to say it.

If a city council, county board or school board are meeting about an issue you care about, we’re on it. If you’re favorite prep team has a big game, we’re covering it. We also provide feature articles and in-depth investigative stories.

Our editorial page offers a wide range of balanced opinions from multiple political minds, local and state editorials, thought-provoking cartoons and letters and sound offs from area residents.

We also publish meeting notices, obituaries, police reports and much more. Everything we print is on our website and, whether new or archived, accessible year-round as a continuing resource.

While we take pride in what we do, we realize we would be nothing without our most important assets, our readers. Those who subscribe or buy our product off the newsstands, are whom we aim to please. They are the reason advertisers choose to market their business or goods with us.

All of that news gathering comes at a cost. The costs associated with printing and delivering our products are continually on the rise. We rely on our subscribers and our advertising partners to be able to bring you all of this crucial information. Without them there would be no EagleHerald.

This is the 79th National Newspaper Week, which is designed to recognize the service of newspapers and their employees across North America. It’s sponsored by Newspaper Association Managers.

This year’s theme is “Think F1rst – Know Your 5 Freedoms.”

Those freedoms are:

■ “I have a voice and the freedom to express it.”

■ “I have my faith, as a freedom of religion.”

■ “I have a concern and the freedom to petition my government.”

■ “I find the truth and have the freedom to share it.”

■ “I have a cause and the freedom to peaceably assemble.”

Of course, all of those tie into the 1st Amendment of our great Constitution.

This is not an easy time for newspapers and journalists in general. The number of newspapers is steadily decreasing and many of those that remain alive are cutting their staffs.

One of the main reasons for that trend is the popularity of the Internet. Unfortunately, more and more people are relying on social media sites to obtain their information. That’s a scary thought.

Which brings us back again to what is believable and what is “fake news.”

It’s not a good idea to rely on social media sites and discussion pages for your information. A typical thread might have some facts, but more often than not it is a spattering of rumors and hearsay.

The EagleHerald and papers like us rely on trained journalists to gather information from credible sources and then report the facts.

Are we perfect? No. Do we make mistakes? Certainly. But rest assured, we are trying are best to do what we think a newspaper should — entertain, educate, inform and enlighten.

Another goal is to provide balanced, thought-provoking opinions on a variety of subjects. Think about that when you read a column that you disagree with or are offended by an editorial cartoon.

For those who truly want the “real” news, we encourage you to stay in tune with the local newspaper.