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Publishers' Corner: 04/01/2020

As if this wasnít enough...

Dear readers,

We hope all of you are well and staying safely sheltered in place. We’ve been doing our best to shelter and at the same time find out what’s going on around here. Read all about it!

This is not going to be welcome news to most of you, and the timing is bad, but we need to let you all know – we are retiring at the end of 2020. That’s assuming we can survive this thing, literally and figuratively, until then. We took over the Kenwood Press from Jay Gamel in January of 1995 – two 30-somethings with three small children – and we grew it into what it is today, which is to say a true reflection of the wonderful communities in which we all live. That’s thanks, in large part, to all of you who send us your news, write articles and columns, place classified and display ads, write letters to the editor, and send in silly pictures with the Press. We love you all.

It’s no secret that newspapers are having a hard time staying in business, even before COVID-19 descended on us. Here at the KP we’ve been lucky to have a steady advertising base, and we urge all of you to patronize our advertisers as much as possible. We thank them from the bottom of our hearts.

Our retiring does not necessarily mean that the paper will cease to exist. It is for sale, and if the right person or people take it over and work harder than even we have, it could still be a viable business. But we’ve been doing this for long enough and it’s time for us to step away from it.

If you think you want to run a small-town newspaper, here’s what you can expect:

  1. You will not get rich, but if you sell enough ads, you can pay yourself and your staff.
  2. This is not a 9 to 5 job. You’ll have to cover nighttime meetings and weekend events, and deadlines are a real thing. Our publication schedule, the 1st and the 15th of the month, means that we often are getting the paper out over a weekend, sending it to the printer on a Monday morning (as with this April 1st issue which you are now holding). Our deadline days float around because of that, but you could pick you own publication schedule.
  3. You won’t hear from readers who are happy with your product, and that is most of the time, but you will hear from people who are mad about something. That’s human nature. You’ll need to have a thick skin, or develop one. 
  4. If you do this long enough, you will meet almost everyone in this area. And if you are very, very careful and don’t make a lot of mistakes in reporting, people will recognize that and express their appreciation.
  5. A new owner or owners could do things differently. We did. Ask Jay!
We’re sorry to tell you now. It feels like piling on. But you, our community, need to know. And if there is anyone out there with journalism and business experience who wants to keep independent journalism alive in Northern Sonoma Valley, give us a call.

With great affection,

Alec and Ann

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