Palestine Magazine January 2019 - Page 7

FROM THE PUBLISHER Celebrating a community milestone On April 15, 1865, the Palestine Herald-Press was 16 years old and struggling with the biggest story of its brief history. President Abraham Lincoln had been assassinated the night before. The shocking news of the President’s death the following morning eventually reached Palestine via telegraph and the emerging wire services that helped engrain newspapers into the fabric of American life. Across the country, extra editions were printed on clanging rotary presses, and hawked by spirited newsboys shouting, “Extra! Extra!” Like those ink-stained reporters, editors, copy editors, and photographers that rushed through the Herald-Press newsroom more than 150 years ago, our journalists remain dedicated to chasing the big story and getting it right. Founded in 1849, the Herald-Press is the oldest business in Palestine, and the second oldest newspaper in the state. This year marks a marvelous milestone for the Herald-Press – its 170th birthday. We want to share our year-long celebration with you: our neighbors, readers, subscribers, advertisers, and fellow residents of Anderson County. Community support for this newspaper has always amazed its publishers and editors. Some of our loyal subscribers have been with us for 70 years, even though we occasionally anger and disappoint them. We thank them. We are blessed to be part of that legacy. Thousands of people in this community read our printed product. Tens of thousands more read us online, often through social media. Last month alone, we had more than 90,000 visitors to our website. For a growing number of readers, newspapers aren’t papers. Today, we often call them media properties or media outlets. Whatever they’re called, newspapers mattered 170 years ago, and they matter today. They remain the most authoritative source for news, employing skilled reporters, editors, photographers, and, in recent years, videographers to document history in the making. . They’re dedicated to a historic mission: informing, engaging, and entertaining their readers, while keeping tabs on public officials in their traditional watchdog role. Editorials and commentary, while not as raucous as they were in the 19th Century, still give readers provocative and informed opinions and insights, along with calls to action that safeguard the public interest. Where else but in the Herald-Press could readers in Anderson County learn their city manager was away 40 percent of the time? Or some city employees were misusing their work-issued credit cards? Where else could they read about their favorite local high school team, learn what happened at last night’s city council meeting, or find out what the candidates for county sheriff want to accomplish? No doubt, our business model has changed. It had to. We’re telling stories in new ways, including videos. On the revenue side, we have several platforms for our advertisers to reach our local and regional audience: The Herald-Press, The Herald-Press Xtra weekly, Palestine Magazine, PalestineHerald.com on mobile, desktop, and mobile app. We can do any sort of printing, direct mail, video content, commercials, online targeting, retargeting and geofencing. We will continue to change and adapt. After all, we plan to be around for another 170 years. This edition of the Palestine Magazine is packed with great stories by our talented journalists, including newsroom staffers William Patrick, Michael Maresh, PennyLynn Webb, and Lisa Tang. It also features our top 40 difference-makers in Palestine – some of the people whose efforts continue to make Palestine and Anderson County even better places to live. Our list is packed with the best of the best. We know we have missed many worthy people, some of whom were honored in our “40 under 40” feature a year ago. But please take a moment to congratulate these winners and thank them for their contributions to the common good. It’s a real honor to be the publisher of a newspaper with such deep roots. I’m humbled to be part of this wonderful business, the storied history of the Herald-Press, and this great community. As always, thanks to our subscribers and advertisers. Without them, Anderson County’s oldest business would not go on. Without them, the tens of thousands of stories and editorials about the happenings of this region wouldn’t have been written. God Bless, Je Mik Publisher, Palestine Herald-Press, Palestine Magazine JANUARY 2019 7