The Beaver Countian Reached A Record 55,000 People Last Week

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Articles published by the Beaver Countian reached a record 55,000 individual people last week. Our current number of followers on FaceBook is approaching 14,000.

Existing only in the world of bits and bytes, we rely on social media, like Facebook and Twitter, for distribution. Concentrating on investigative reporting, our numbers give us strength — The reach of our message makes us difficult to ignore.

Our platform also enables us to give voice to fellow Beaver Countians, whose messages might otherwise be limited to a small paragraph in a Letter to the Editor.

As with all of our milestones, we refocus ourselves by revisiting an excerpt from the very first article published on BeaverCountian.com back in 2010 titled “A News Maker And The Muck Raker:”

People in the news profession refer to it as “feeding the beast” — A daily task of writing the beat copy needed to fill many columned inches of newsprint. Traffic crashes and criminal arrests, touchdowns and community gatherings, comings and goings of business; the beast devours it all with an insatiable appetite. While this chore may keep the beast alive, a far more arduous task is required for it to thrive… the muckraking.

At the turn of the previous century, President Roosevelt analogously spoke of an emboldened field of investigative journalism, and its importance to a democratic society:

“Now, it is very necessary that we should not flinch from seeing what is vile and debasing. There is filth on the floor, and it must be scraped up with the muck rake; and there are times and places where this service is the most needed of all the services that can be performed.”

Leap forward to the last decade of internet growth which has seen a synchronous decline of newspapers, and dramatic decreases in the number of journalists staffing them. Yes, the beast is still being fed, but the muck is not getting raked… and our villages are falling ill because of it.

BeaverCountian.com, first and foremost, will strive to decentralize the local news business by empowering villagers with muck rakes of their own.

This site might very well be part of a solution to problems far too few are now able to identify, or to which far too many have grown resigned. Denizens of our notch in the rust belt may have been left tarnished with apathy, and the beast is certainly up to its neck in muck. But for those who are still willing and able to see it clearly — This is our story. Let’s tell it together.

As always, thanks for being a reader of BeaverCountian.com
Be sure to tell your family, friends, and neighbors about the site.

- John Paul

11 comments

  • This voice gives you a lot of power John Paul as long as you continue to use it responsibly I’m sure the number of people who read what you write will just keep growing. Thanks for all your hard work it’s making a difference!

  • A heartfelt congratulations, John Paul, and also, thank you for the service that you provide for us, the citizens of Beaver County, who, on any other forum, would go completely unnoticed and ignored. Thank you for giving us the ability to speak freely about topics that affect all of us in different ways.
    Keep up the great work, and here’s to hoping that the contributions made by you, and us, have some sort of impact here in our society!
    (On a side note, it would have been nice to have a link to that very first article that you had mentioned above. I don’t think I’ve read it, and would really like to.)
    :thumbsup:

  • Just keep doing what you’ve been doing and in another five years the number of daily readers will dwarf this weeks number! Congrats on the milestone…..you are one of the best assets that the citizens of BC have.

  • They can’t buy you J.P. Thanks for being there and sharing what the times won’t with us. You truly have “BALLS” !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Hits or people? There is a difference. Almost 1/3 of the county within a week? Seems unlikely.

    Or was it 1000 IP addresses checking this site 55 times in a week? (More like 500 & Nikki P.)

    I doubt this comment will go through, but I’ll attempt to ask anyways.

    Why is “The Beaver Countian’s” Facebook page named “Beaver County”? How many less likes would it have if people knew they were endorsing a blog instead of liking where they live?

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      1. People, not hits – 55,000 unique individuals, not simply views. No matter how “unlikely” you may find it to be, this data is gathered and verified third-party.

      2. The Beaver Countian’s Facebook page is named “Beaver Countian” not “Beaver County” as can be seen in the sidebar on the desktop version of our site, at the bottom of each page on the mobile version of our site, or over on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BeaverCountian

      Furthermore, the Beaver Countian’s page on Facebook is properly categorized under “News/Media Website,” not as a locale. Our Facebook page description reads, “BeaverCountian.com is an independent news source providing information about the happenings in Beaver County, Pennsylvania.”

      Thanks for your questions, and as always, thanks for being a reader of the Beaver Countian!

      • the blue steel story set the record for you. I bet your fingers got tired of deleting about 200+ posts down to 80. :thumbsup:

  • What a milestone! You are doing a great service for the people of Beaver County and I know we love that we can get the real news from your site. Thank you for the true news and the FACTS. I will continue reading and supporting this wonderful news source.