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As the concern over the spreading COVID-19 virus increasingly takes over daily life, access to accurate information in order to make decisions about health and safety is key. Hearsay, half-truths and supposition don't cut it when our lives may be at stake. That's why this newspaper — and thousands of others in our state — are on the front lines of the pandemic. We are there to inquire, authenticate and report facts so you know what's going on and what to do.

Here at the Turlock Journal, we take that responsibility very seriously.

We have reporters working around the clock to provide our readers with the latest information on how and where the virus is spreading and what health experts are recommending to protect the public.

We live in an era when information is fingertip-accessible, but so is misinformation. Newspapers provide the relevant details on the COVID-19 outbreak and its impact on local schools, hospitals and the community at large. Every day, we’re here focused on delivering critical information to you, our readers, about the things that matter most to you: business, elected officials, events, local schools, entertainment, crime, transportation, weather and more.

We strive for complete accuracy – and when we err, we hold ourselves accountable and strive to do better in the future.

In the face of this great responsibility, newspapers are operating under increasing financial pressure. Over the past 15 years, more than one in five papers in the United States has closed down, and the number of journalists has been cut in half, according to the University of North Carolina's School of Media and Journalism. So, if you appreciate the hard work of our journalists during this crisis, please let them know by sending them an email. They are on the front lines, sharing the critical work being done by first responders, health care professionals, public health experts and many others.  

In times of challenges, we’re reminded that we’re all in this together, sharing acts of simple kindness and community cohesion: neighbors helping neighbors, young families making sure seniors have plenty of food and businesses temporarily closing their doors but paying employees during the shutdown. Although it may be a frightening time, the worst trials can bring out the best in Americans.

We’re proud to tell these stories of our times.