I would like to take this time to let you know what we have in store for 2009. This will be our 99th year of operation so we will be putting together our 100-year centennial promotion, which we plan to start in June 2009. This promotion will lead us into our 100-year birthday in June 2010. Wow, 100 years old. And they said it wouldn’t last.
Two years ago we made a commitment to cover more local stories both in news and sports. Under the direction of our editor Nathan Orme and sports editor Dan Eckles we have done that, but in ‘09 we are going to devote more of our paper to the just the local news both in the city and county that we believe our readers want from their community paper all week long.
Our circulation department, headed by manager Dave Alexander and his staff of drivers, are committed to delivering your paper each day on time simply because that is what you expect.
Our sales team, under the direction of our advertising director Nancy Streets, are poised to help our advertisers in any way they can during these difficult times. We know that it is vital to deliver their message to our readers — your customers — at a very reasonable rate.
Speaking of rates, we at the Sparks Tribune believe we are your partners and feel that with what is going on in the economy it is important that we hold all ad and subscription rates steady for the coming year.
The other big news in 2008 was the re-design of our Web site, www.dailysparkstribune.com. This change has enabled us to keep readers updated on breaking news and deliver even more information than we can fit in print. Our year-ending numbers for readers who get their news from us online have been very high, which furthers our commitment to deliver more local news in 2009 as well as add features such as a kid’s page where they can learn about the world and even play games.
Our goal is simple: To continue to bring you the print product you expect from your local community paper seven days a week and supplement it with our online product.
In closing, all our employees at the Sparks Tribune and Big Nickel wish you all the best in 2009 and we stand ready to help you in any way we can to deliver your advertising and to provide you with the local community news you expect from us.
Ed McCaffrey is the publisher of the Daily Sparks Tribune and Big Nickel. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.