Foster: By working together, we all grow
Not too long ago, I was chatting with a friend and former colleague about what it takes to launch a nonprofit newspaper. He’s a longtime reporter and, like me, has built a career on established, for-profit publications.
Whether as an act of support or one of voyeurism, he has been watching the Express with more than a little curiosity.
So his question struck me. What does it take to launch a new nonprofit newspaper, especially in an era and climate when members of the media are attacked — sometimes physically — for doing what they do?
Your stories, your support, your collaboration and, most of all, your embrace of this newspaper are what fuels us.
It takes infrastructure. The best news team in the world can’t do a whole heckuva lot without what we consider the bare-minimum of technology: computers, internet service and phones.
It takes a reliable printer to handle the hard copies and a web designer to get your digital product, not just running, but looking beautiful.
It takes buy-in and hard work from professionals. Team Express is a small-but-mighty group of committed journalists and marketing consultants, an enthusiastic senior consultant, an unflappable graphic designer and our indomitable publisher, all of whom genuinely believe in this newspaper.
We are also blessed to have the support and assistance of our colleagues at our sister papers, The Colorado Springs Business Journal, the Pikes Peak Bulletin and the Colorado Springs Independent (you can read their contributions later in this edition), and the guidance of our fiscal sponsors at the Concrete Couch.
But, most of all, it takes the community. We can have the best people, product developers and technology around and still not produce a newspaper.
This does not happen in a vacuum.
It’s because of you, Southeast, that this second edition happened at all. Your stories, your support, your collaboration and, most of all, your embrace of this newspaper are what fuels us. You offer us content, advice, guidance and plenty of feedback. And in turn, we will endeavor to make every paper better than its predecessor.
Which is why we are conducting a content survey of our readers. (How’s that for segue?) It’s an eight-question thing that you can find and fill out here.
It’s free, takes about a minute to complete, and will give us the guidance we need to make each edition bigger, better and more tailored to your needs than the previous one.
So thanks for being part of the Express team, Southeast Colorado Springs. I couldn’t be more humbled by your support and look forward to growing your community newspaper with you.
Contact Southeast Express Editor and General Manager Regan Foster at 719-578-2802 or firstname.lastname@example.org.