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Imagine the finest of manufacturing companies producing a different product every day — one that had to be assembled, manufactured and distributed to the end user all in just over 24 hours.
Oct 24, 2013


Sounds like a big task, doesn’t it? A task that most production managers would avoid taking on, and understandably so.
For those of us in the daily newspaper business, that’s just another day at the office. 

Technology has allowed us to do things more efficiently, but the many moving parts in the process remain. It’s a big task, to say the least.

In 2011, approximately 1,400 daily newspapers of various sizes remained in the United States. Given the number of communities across the country, we could agree that it’s a small percentage that can claim they have a small-town newspaper as part of their community.

From being a watchdog of local government to birth, wedding and death announcements, local sports and advertising, community newspapers serve a multitude of purposes.

Sometimes the news isn’t nice, and readers don’t always agree or understand why some things do or don’t run. The accountability that readers hold us to is what keeps us on our toes. 

As part of the Better Newspaper Contest, the Michigan Press Association recently recognized the Grand Haven Tribune as the 2013 Newspaper of the Year in its circulation division. This is an annual contest in which judges from other press associations — our peers — evaluate different aspects of our product and determine the best of the best. 

We’re proud of this accomplishment — and our readers should be proud, too. At a time when many local newspapers are closing their doors for good, our local newspaper remains a consistent source of local news.

Few communities still have that luxury, and even fewer can say they have the Newspaper of the Year.

Our Views reflects the majority opinion of the members of the Grand Haven Tribune editorial board: Kevin Hook, Cheryl Welch, Matt DeYoung, Alex Doty and Fred VandenBrand. What do you think? E-mail us a letter to the editor to or log-in to our website and leave a comment below.



I'm guessing they looked at the few examples that were not rife with typos.


The Trib does a very nice job. Thank you.


I am so glad we still have a somewhat local daily paper here in our town. In reality the days of paper newspapers are numbered . . . but it still serves a role in our community. Even though it is NOT a critical part of my life ... I would miss it if it were gone. We certainly do not get decent coverage from MLive to the north or Holland Sentinel to the south.

Keep the faith Tribune owners and staff.


Bring back TribTalk! I want my joke of the day.

(Oh, and well done on the circulation award!)


Who was it that said that you are what you ask for? :)


Based on all the times I've heard that said... I would say it was you!

Glad to be of service :-D


Not exactly the humor filled response I was looking for as a retort; sorry if I offended you, I'm sure you aren't a joke - apparently not in the mood to take one either.


Ah, the typed word, so empty of emotion (at least as I used it, apparently.)

No offense at all was taken - on the contrary, I got a laugh and a dumb grin out of it. I think my wit needs sharpening for my next response (this one didn't cut it either!)


My Mother always said if you can't say something nice, then say nothing at all...ok, well I would be a hypocrite if I didn't at least say I enjoy the on-line version and the banter with posters. If congrats are in order for the circulation award then you have them. The choice of articles, the number of them, the prejudices, etc. are things that need to be constantly evaluated by the editor and staff; I would however miss it, such that it is, were it gone.


We still get the hard copy and love it. I would hate to think our only choice were the GR or Muskegon might as well be reading the detroit news. For a small town I enjoy having a local paper that represents us and the Gem that is Grand Haven.


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