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September 21, 2014
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Making ready, making room

Laurie Stuart

Started by Tom DiGaetani, the first managing director of Lincoln Center, in 1975, one year before he founded the Delaware Arts Center, The River Reporter has always been blessed with very talented and dedicated staff. Journalists and those who want to work on newspapers are a special breed of community workers. They are willing to lend their hearts, bodies and minds working together. They do it for the love of community and the unique service that a newspaper provides to readers. (Newspaper work is hard because it is always changing, the attention to detail is relentless and one deadline rolls right into another. The hours are long and the wages are moderately low.) Still, over the years, many valley residents, either in the long term or the short term, have shared their gifts with The River Reporter and the paper has grown because of it. For all that, I am extremely grateful.

We’re excited for the future as we are expanding our news coverage, our social media presence and overall the breadth of the topics we cover. We’ll be debuting a new parenting section “Nurture” and food feature this month, and adding a focus of sustainability in the August edition of Our Country Home.

We’re loving the growing Facebook community, planning for the return of Amphibian for the 2013-14 school year. We’re building on successful collaborations with organizations such as Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, and other publications like Green Door magazine. We continue to provide media sponsorship of arts and community events and we’re excited by the newly emerging consciousness and energy about branding the Upper Delaware.

And we invite everyone to consider how to continue to support and strengthen The River Reporter: to grow our coverage, to create new collaborations, to grow our readership.

We’re all poised for the future together. Thanks to everyone who got us here. Thanks for all your good intentions and hard work going forward.

It truly does take a community to publish a paper. Welcome and thank you.