These are busy and eventful days in Eastern Jackson County and nationwide, and The Examiner is continuing to tell that story to our readers.

A few quick points:

• Our office at 410 S. Liberty in Independence remains open, though we are not encouraging visitors.

• Our reporters and other employees are still doing their jobs, and their safety is important too. More of us are working from home, working by phone, etc. You’ll see us in person less, but don’t hesitate to reach out with a tip, a question or a comment.

• It’s likely that the paper will look a little different for a few weeks. Events are canceled, places are closed, and folks are staying home, so the community functions differently for a while. The paper will reflect that. The community calendar gets shorter. There’s a little less sports but a lot more news. Many readers depend on us for national and world news, and Covid-19 is a huge national and world story. We’ll find room for all of that.

Fundamentally, our job doesn’t change. We’re still serving our readers online and in print. We’re in your driveway five mornings a week. We’re always at And check out our smartphone app.

Also, like other Gannett newspapers, we are placing our coronavirus stories outside the paywall of

We always welcome feedback and ideas. The best way to reach me is at Or send me a direct message on Twitter, @FoxEJC.

This newspaper has for some time consistently produced news coverage about the need for preparation and prudence. So in that spirit, I say look sharp and keep up with local and national developments – and wash those hands.

– Jeff Fox, editor