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 firstname.lastname@example.org or log-in to our website and leave a comment below.