Cornwall ON – So I had the ear of a very successful business person this morning. It’s always enlightening to listen to good sound advice and wisdom.
We were talking about perception; chiefly others of ourselves and our businesses and how sometimes we can fail to create the perceptions that we truly wish to, and that the failure to do so can have dire impacts on how people interact with our businesses and ourselves as people.
Now this gentleman knows a bit about the Cornwall Free News and myself as a person; but it was interesting indeed to talk about some of the perceptions that he’s heard over the while.
For instance he asked how many people knew about our Mission Statement or what the “Free” in The Cornwall Free News stands for? Good questions indeed. So I thought I’d scribble this in the hopes of you, our valuable reader having a more clear understanding of how we think about things here at The Cornwall Free News and how we hope you see some of them.
The Cornwall Free News was created to form a platform where everyone’s voice in the community can have a place to be heard safely and with respect. That no one bias or belief would cloud the ability of any group or person to have access and thus a voice in the world.
The internet and Ariana Huffington changed how media is shared; and of course at it’s worst it’s been adapted by places like Fox news and at it’s best; well it can be a truly magical forum for discussion, debate, and advancement of ideas.
For example during the H1N1 scare last year we took a lot of heat for allowing alternative views on the flu to be shared. Even if that meant that we don’t get any ads from the EOHU. We recieved a lot of emails from people thanking us for allowing discussion and information to be open in a mainstream media site. (Yes, we really are mainstream and not alternative as some have labelled us).
Nothing in this world is truly free. Yes, you don’t have to pay to read the Cornwall Free News, but the Free in our name is about Freedom. Not every idea or opinion is politically correct. Not everyone is popular, but we will face some slings and arrows and share our soapbox with just about anyone.
Of course I’ve shared with people that if you get up on a soapbox you can’t complain if you get egged and that’s part of the magic of “Freedom”. It’s something that we have in Canada that sadly is missing from some countries in the world, and that Freedom needs to be exercised and developed even if it scares some of you.
We have an open door politically to many parties and beliefs; yes even Conservative ones. We aren’t a “rag” as some people have suggested. Again it’s all about our viewers and what they want to say.
Ultimately this newspaper is yours. Without you, our viewers, the magic simply would not be there, and there are quite a few of you so we must be doing something……
So there you have it ladies and gentlemen. Our Mission statement and a bit about how we work. Hopefully we’ve clarified some of your perceptions of us and of course; feel “free” to post your comments and opinions below or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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