Last week I put in two short days of work then took the rest of the week off. I’d been fighting some bug since Sunday, but mostly, I think, I needed a rest.
In 2001 I spent Memorial Day weekend packing for my great adventure. I had accepted a regional position with the newspapers in Brookings and Crescent City and my new job began on the Tuesday after Memorial Day. Eight years later, here I am doing what I set out to do, being publisher of a “Main Street” newspaper in a beautiful coastal community.
You’re aware, I’m sure, of the challenges the newspaper industry faces in our current economy. Although The Daily Triplicate is not in danger of shutting down like the Seattle Post-Intelligencer or Denver’s Rocky Mountain News, the revenue recession has taken its toll on us.
For me, it’s personal. I feel a responsibility to the team I’ve hired
and am committed to the work we do. I want this newspaper to be
successful the same way I want this city and county, and for that
matter, this country to be successful. My competitive nature doesn’t
take setbacks easily, so I have labored over our budget nearly every
day since last fall striving for the perfect balance of expense savings
and revenue building to ride out the storm.