The newspaper business is all about changing and adapting – it always has been.
So, readers of The Courier-Herald will see a change in weekly content beginning next week. The newspaper will be covering the entire Plateau in one publication.
Through this week, The Courier-Herald has published both an Enumclaw edition and Bonney Lake edition. Beginning with the March 4 issue, the two publications will merge into one – simply, The Courier-Herald.
The Courier-Herald has served the region for more than a century.
In the newspaper office there are bound yearly editions of the paper from the 1900s to the present. A random look shows newspapers have been changing from the start, but the basic elements are the same. News, sports, opinion, letters, cops, features and advertising have always been there and will continue to be in the newspaper.
The difference is the coverage will be broader and, hopefully, the newspaper can bring the Plateau communities closer through storytelling.
The Courier-Herald is fortunate to have some of the most gifted writers in Sound Publishing – Kevin Hanson, Sarah Wehmann and Ray Still.
A newspaper’s lifeblood is its writers. My theory for a newspaper is if the writers are interested, the readers will read. It is a constant process of juggling the right blend of stories to make a newspaper.
A newspaper in 2015 is both a newsprint product and a website. Far more is posted on a website than can ever fit into a paper. The Courier-Herald website posts stories every day, including weekends. You can sign up for the email newsletter of the daily postings at www.courierherald.com/newsletters.
A newspaper is both a member of a community and a business. A business must be able to change and adapt to serve the community.
The ongoing balancing act is keeping a newspaper relevant and solvent.
The editorial staff of The Courier-Herald will be fine-tuning the precise balance during the months ahead.
It will be very interesting.