Archive for Wednesday, September 6, 2000

Thank you for a wonderful year

September 6, 2000

Somehow, I can't believe it's been a year since I worked on the first edition of "the new Mirror."

That was an exciting, somewhat giddy, time. A group of us had gathered about 10:30 p.m. on Sept. 7, 1999, in the pressroom of the Lawrence Journal-World. There was a lot of nervous laughter that Tuesday night.

Would our readers like the redesign? Would our readers appreciate our commitment to fair and accurate reporting?

The presses began rolling, a sound that sparks both excitement and apprehension for me must be that it's a point of no-return.

We pulled copies of the newspaper. We scanned them carefully. Yes, Sept. 8, 1999, was the correct date. Yes, the color photograph of Charles Van Middlesworth and high school band members looked crisp and clear. And yes, all of the headlines were spelled correctly.

We smiled. We congratulated one another. We had done it.

In our hands, we held a precious commodity, the results of weeks and weeks of planning and work.

And all we had to do was do it again and again and again.

For the past year, we've met that challenge, week in and week out. And we've loved it.

When The Tonganox-ie Mirror was purchased last September by a Lawrence-based, family-owned communications company, the commitment was made to deliver the best newspaper possible to readers in this area. And during the past year, staff members at The Mirror have followed through on that commitment.

I believe each edition of The Mirror is, in one way or another, better than the last. We at the newspaper continuously work to improve our newspaper. Our goal each week is to deliver the best that we can.

That commitment has paid off, in the relationships we've formed with both our readers and our advertisers.

The residents of this county have welcomed us into their homes, into their offices and onto their land, as we tell their stories. Our readers have stopped in our office next door to the Post Office to chat about the newspaper, to pass along an idea that might make a good story or photograph, to drop off a birth announcement.

It's these contacts at the county fair, during the tornado cleanup, at high school graduation that are so important to us. It's what connects us with you and you with us.

We appreciate your enthusiasm for the newspaper. We appreciate your critiques of the newspaper. And we appreciate that you share your lives with us.

We have no whiz-bang plans for the coming year except to work harder each day than the day before to ensure that we provide you, our readers, with the best possible news product. It's that simple.

Thank you for a wonderful year.

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