This column represents the thoughts and opinion of Jason Hennington. This is NOT the opinion of the Taylor Press.
Change happens everywhere not just here, but everywhere. I’m sure everyone is aware of that, though.
This was the first line of the first edition of On My Soapbox in the Taylor Press. The column was about the changes coming to the Taylor Daily Press.
Wait . . . I’m not going that route again.
Yes, we are making some changes, but this time there is more justification behind it – COVID-19.
Just like other businesses, we have to find ways to adjust costs to stay afloat. Unfortunately, that’s moving to one printed newspaper per week.
When we moved from daily to twice-a-week there were a lot of similarities to what’s happening now. The change was met with resistance. We are feeling some of that already.
When we made the change in 2014, I had just been promoted to news editor and my promotion was associated with that change. I took a lot of phones calls asking, “Why did you do that?” or “You need to change it back.”
Now as publisher, I am taking some of the same questions and comments. The decision was above my pay grade in 2014, and that still applies to this situation.
Please do not stop my parents and ask them why I changed the paper. They don’t work here. In fact, my mom may agree with you that the change is a bad decision.
I know we have elderly readers who do not use the computer or rural readers with few options for internet service. But trust me, our intention is not to be inconsiderate. I realize that the obits will only be in the paper once a week and the funeral may be over once you read about a passing, but I promise we are not trying to provide information late.
Right now, the economy is in bad shape, and to maintain we have to adapt.
I know “the world” reopened in a limited capacity Friday, May 1, but this pandemic is far from over. Businesses, including the Taylor Press, will be recovering for months.
When everything really is over, will we go back to twice a week? Probably not, but never say never.
In the meantime, we will still provide the best news coverage we can. We will continue to push out the information as we get it – online and in print. Our e-edition will be just as good as the print editions we produce now. Our print edition will be “beefier” for our readers, as we have an obligation to give readers a newspaper to trust and enjoy.
I’m going to get off my soapbox now, but first I want to give my daughter Jasmine a big happy birthday. She is turning 9. … I don’t know whether to feel old or start worrying about boys.
“Some changes look negative on the surface, but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge.”
― Eckhart Tolle