Change. It's a dreaded word for some, but I see change as an opportunity to make certain aspects of a situation better than they were before.
There are many great leaders who have shared this vision:
Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain
to miss the future.
– John F. Kennedy
Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change
– George Bernard Shaw
To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.
– Winston Churchill
Now, I'm in no way comparing myself to these amazing innovators of their time. I do good to spell my name right in my byline some days! But I am willing to keep my eyes on the future for this newspaper. I will keep my mind focused on the positive effects of the changes that are occurring at the Progress. (See Page 1 today, if you missed it. Starting in mid-July we are going from a five-day-a-week paper to a three-day-a-week publication.)
And I will strive to improve the newspaper as best I can for as long as I am privileged enough to be the managing editor.
My hope is that our readers will see the changes at the Progress as a good thing for the community.
Not having to drop everything we are doing mid-afternoon a couple of days a week will allow my reporter, sports editor and I a little more time to write and research articles.
Folks forget – or don't realize – that there are only three of us in the newsroom who actually write, research, copy-edit, design and publish online content.
We are busy people! But we wouldn't be here if we didn't enjoy our jobs.
We enjoy covering the community, and we will still be doing this on a daily basis.
Our advertising and other departments will also be available to assist our readers in any way they can. However, I know some here dread the influx of calls that are sure to start coming in.
If you have more than a simple question about our changes, feel free to write a letter to the editor. Or send me an email! My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
The decision to lessen our publication days is not a reflection of our community. Jacksonville and Cherokee County provide excellent human interest stories and plenty of news opportunities. This change is a decision to ensure many more years of success in Jacksonville.
We plan to continue our local coverage in the same manner as before and provide you with news, features and sports stories from throughout the community.
Thank you to everyone who has complimented us on our coverage so far this year.
We appreciate the kind words, and we hope to hear more positive remarks in the future!