It's an old saying, but it's certainly more true now than ever.
News travels fast.
In a world so dominated (and perhaps even distracted) by technology, something that occurs on the other side of the globe can be read about moments later in every corner of every country and by almost anyone.
News doesn't just travel fast anymore.
It's basically instantaneous.
People demand to know what is happening, while it is happening.
That means we, as journalists, have had to approach our jobs in a totally different way than we did a decade ago.
Speed is now the priority.
News organizations argue about who tweeted something first or who broke a story on social media. Accuracy, however, sometimes becomes a victim of the rapid pursuit of the latest information.
If you are not breaking news, then you are not making news.
That's journalism in 2020.
It's a different world.
The challenge for us who work at newspapers is to adapt -- or quite frankly, to get left behind.
It's a balancing act.
Just like every other media outlet, we try to get information out to the public as quick as we can through social media and our website -- and we take great pride in the fact that we usually beat our 'competition' to the punch.
We are very active on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Those platforms provide a great way for us to reach people at any time, in any place.
Looking forward, though, it is very important that we don't move too fast sometimes.
Not everything can be summed up in a tweet, Facebook post or a blurb on a website.
There's always more to the story.
That's why we are here.
That's why we became journalists.
Local writers cover local people. We tell the stories of the people that live in our communities.
And when we listen, something amazing happens.
They are happy to share their stories. All you have to do is give them the opportunity.
As journalists, we can't lose sight of that.
Of course, a huge part of what we do is to get information to the masses as fast as humanly possible.
Occasionally, we still must slow down, take our time, ask the right questions and let people tell us their story -- in their own words.
Sometimes, a good story is worth the wait.