Rob Keller, Jamestown Sun Publisher
We have received many phone calls, emails and heard talk on the street in regard to the recent announcement pertaining to the Monday printed edition of The Jamestown Sun. I will assure you this was not an easy decision for any of us to make at The Sun. However, it was necessary in order for us to continue to be the source of news and information for the greater Jamestown community and beyond.
As a young growing up in the southwest part of Jamestown, a ritual that we as a right of passage was to hit up the neighborhood horticulturists and enjoy the fruits of their labor. We would design a game plan and create a road map which allowed us the easiest access and the quickest escape from the angry garden enthusiast. While enjoying the raw peas that we kids snitched, we had a feeling of satisfaction.
Starting Monday, Oct. 23, The Jamestown Sun will no longer have the USA Today pages in the daily printed edition. The foundation of any printed newspaper in communities our size is to focus on local news, features and sports. By having our newspaper at an industry standard for the percent of news and advertising being carried, plus an annual contract for having USA Today pages, the combination reduced the amount of local news we prefer to carry in our newspaper. Readers didn’t like the change in our printed edition.
A phrase often quoted in the newspaper world is the newspaper is a reflection of its community. These past couple of weeks our newspaper has been both a reflection of the community, and a reflection of a balancing act of local news and advertising.