Owning a newspaper is much like owning a dairy or a motel. The cows have to be milked morning and night and the beds have to be made and the rooms cleaned every day.
In the newspaper world we constantly have deadlines and headlines because the news never stops occurring. The Villager goes to press Tuesday afternoon and we start working on the weekly edition every Friday, continuing to Monday, and the final wrap on Tuesday afternoon. We bend over backwards to get Monday night council meetings into the newspaper Tuesday morning. We take legal notices for public hearings, if necessary, on Monday.
The beauty of a weekly newspaper is that the news is relatively fresh–and in more detail–than some of the radio or television stories.
We deal with local news about the schools, city council meetings and non-profit events raising funds for worthy causes. We run obituaries on people who we know and who live in the area.X Wedding engagements are very welcome. One of our favorite news items is where a son or daughter is going to college or enlisting in a military branch of service. We offer a discount on subscriptions for local high school graduates going far away to universities, making the local paper feel like a letter from home.
There are 16,000 weekly newspapers in America serving local communities. It is true that we have lost about 1200 newspapers in recent years, but in Colorado there is a weekly or daily newspaper in almost every community across the state. They rarely change ownership and report news in communities daily or weekly without missing a beat. We have to deal with the postal service; in some areas the deliveries are great, others slower. If you have slow delivery put a note in your mailbox, it does help to alert your mail carrier to deliver the legal newspaper to your box as first-class mail. We mail the papers on Wednesday afternoon and Mort always gets his newspaper Thursday afternoon.
I have great admiration for the TV news crews who go on the air live night after night. Aristea Brady has deep Craig roots, was raised in Greenwood Village and is on the air nightly. Her grandfather, Harry Kourilis, and my father owned neighboring ranches. She is related to retired Colorado Supreme Court Justice Becky Koulis, daughter of Governor John and Ann Love.
The world is so large, yet so small. Newspapers help bring our cities and neighborhoods closers together to deal with life’s many challenges.
Freedom of the press is very meaningful to our communities, state and nation.
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