Editor-in-Chief Green: Thanks for being a reader
William J. Keating was an Ohio legend.
A record athlete. A serious municipal judge who became a Republican congressman. Built a prestigious law firm from scratch. A prominent news industry executive for the Associated Press.
But it was something he told employees and readers of the Cincinnati Enquirer in September 1991 that shaped the way I approach my job as an editor.
At the time, I was a 25-year-old journalist at the Enquirer, as it celebrated its 150th birthday.
In a special 150th anniversary edition, Cincinnati-born Keating, who was the publisher of the Enquirer, wrote about a “love affair” between the newspaper and the city it served. “The relationship is like a good marriage,” he said. “The newspaper and its city supported each other, argued, fought together, grew together and prospered together. “
It was, in Keating’s words, a perfect union.
No city or region can truly prosper without a fair, independent, intrepid, community-oriented media organization.
And a newspaper that fails to provide community leadership – by keeping officials honest, questioning when necessary, rallying in times of trouble, and celebrating in times of joy – will not succeed.
I never forgot his words.
And in this age of extremely polarized political thought and scrutiny of the media industry, I have thought about it often – especially now, as I take the helm of The Press Democrat and am responsible for its content. parent company, the local group Sonoma Media Investments.
In a time of unprecedented change and economic challenges facing our industry, you, our readers and advertisers, have supported The Press Democrat and our newsroom since 1857.
Our readership figures are out of the ordinary, reaching 70% of adult readers at least once a week with our portfolio of publications and digital sites. That’s an incredibly high number and it tells me your deep connection and admiration for the work of our newsrooms.
I begin this new chapter in my life and at La Presse Démocrate with two words to our loyal subscribers: Thank you.
I am deeply grateful to the readers who pay a little more today for our morning edition and / or our pressedemocrat.com digital site than a few months ago. Your financial support is absolutely essential in our defense of the First Amendment and at your service. It allows our newsroom, the largest between San Francisco and the Oregon border, to focus on delivering sophisticated, in-depth, and useful content, told in a compelling and unbiased manner.
I don’t know of any business or industry that hasn’t suffered during this year-long pandemic.
Our organization is no different.
Advertising revenue declined as businesses, stores and restaurants were forced to close or reduce hours of operation. Like many of you, we have had to make tough economic decisions over the past 12 months.
We are not alone. News organizations around the world are adjusting their budgets and subscription strategies in response to this crippling health crisis.
Still, I accepted this opportunity because I know The Press Democrat and Sonoma Media Investments are aligned with the words shared 30 years ago by my former editor.
We are a local business, committed to serving our community and showing leadership in our news columns and through our Sonoma County philanthropic efforts.
Our children go to local schools. We buy from stores in Sonoma County. Our employees support local restaurants and wineries – and look forward to doing even more once health restrictions are lifted.
Simply put: we are your neighbors.
Technology could change, but not our commitment to Northern California.
If you are a subscriber, please, once again, accept my sincere thanks.
If you are not, I encourage you to visit subscribe.pressdemocrat.com or call one of our subscription specialists at 707-575-7500.
I would be grateful if you would take a look at us and let us be part of your daily routine.
Tell us what we are doing right.
Even more important: tell me how we can better serve you and Sonoma County.
It is truly an honor to be the editor of The Press Democrat. I look forward to hearing from you in the days to come.
Richard A. Green is editor-in-chief of The Press Democrat and director of content for Sonoma Media Investments. Email: [email protected] Follow me on Twitter: @EditorRAG.
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