Celebrate newspapers

Published 10:36am Thursday, October 11, 2012

Now that a certain newspaper down the road a bit has changed its publication schedule, we’ve had a few people ask us if we’re going to reduce publication.
The answer is no. We are as committed to our print publication as ever, but we are also continuing our efforts to improve our digital media.
Take last night’s election results, for example. There is a good chance you found out the results on Facebook or on our Web site, before today’s newspaper even hit the press.
But you likely found the full story in today’s paper — along with everything else we have to offer, from previews of Friday night’s football games to photos of adorable children at St. Stephen’s Pre-School.
Last Friday night, if you follow us on Twitter or you are a Facebook fan, you probably knew exactly how the football games turned out if you weren’t in the stands.
But in our newspaper the next day, you also learned what our coaches thought about each game, putting each team’s win into context.
This week is National Newspaper Week, and this year’s theme is “Newspapers: A Cornerstone of the Community.” We strive to cover the news you need as well as the news you want — giving you front page stories about issues of importance to all of us as well as photos and items that will one day grace your refrigerators, scrapbooks and family Bibles.
Our efforts are the product of a hard-working team, and during this week in which we celebrate newspapers I would like to thank our ad sales representative Amy Booker; our editorial staff Lisa Tindell, Adam Robinson and Lydia Grimes; our office and circulation manager Jennifer Howard; our newspaper carriers Paul Wade, Nellie and Wendell Campbell, and Mandy Buckhault; our driver Alfred Johnson; and the press and mailroom crew at our sister newspaper in Andalusia, where our newspaper is printed.
Each one of these people works hard every day to ensure that a newspaper is put in your hands twice a week, and that news is updated on our Web site every day.
Our commitment remains the same: to serve our readers with the best community newspaper.

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