But he highlighted several campaigns and initiatives spearheaded by his newspaper as examples of why the regional press is so important – including its ‘Ladder’ campaign, which has helped more than 1,000 young people find apprenticeships across its patch.
Wrote Keith: “Reader habits and lifestyles are changing and people are busier than ever before. Time is an increasingly precious commodity and, despite my inky fingers, we are well aware that modern readers want – and need – to be served in many different ways.
“The Express & Star is investing in its digital news operations, bringing you stories and information within seconds of news breaking.
“Alongside their shorthand notepad and pen, our reporters carry smartphones to record videos, take pictures and record interviews that a few years ago would have taken a three-man crew.”
A vote has now opened for the public to choose the best regional press campaign of the past 12 months as part of Local Newspaper Week. A total of 32 different campaigns have been shortlisted.
Keith added: “Newspapers aren’t dead. Far from it. They are on the cusp of a new chapter of prosperity, combining traditional strengths with technological advances.
“But we will only thrive if we maintain the standards we have set for hundreds of years, embrace the future and see an ever-changing media landscape as an opportunity, not a threat.”