Five years ago, The Village NEWS published its first edition with the headline, All we need is a bit of magic, referring to the finishing touches being added to the Whale Festival preparations.
That headline was prophetic as far as the newspaper is concerned and the spark of magic has not left us. Over the past five years, we were fortunate enough to be awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year Award by the municipality in 2017; the following year we were crowned Newspaper of the Year by the Forum for Community Newspapers, and there have been several other accolades since then for writing and design.
We were frequently told by our peers that a good news newspaper would never succeed, but we have bucked the trend and have proven that good, insightful journalism coupled with eye-catching design is a winning formula.
And while all around us newspapers are either closing down or radically changing their business models, we have decided to stay true to our founding principles of good news and community first. Yes, Covid-19 has taken its toll, as with all other businesses. We have had to reduce our staff numbers, we have been forced to close our offices for the time being and we have been publishing fewer pages and fewer copies than before.
But we are certain we are on track to getting our groove back. This week we have increased the number of printed copies by 1 000, due to overwhelming demand. At the same time, our online presence is continuously expanding and for the first time this week we will be publishing additional content in our online edition, starting off with exciting motoring pages, courtesy of veteran motoring journalist, John Floyd. More pages will follow in the next few weeks.
As mentioned elsewhere, we are also launching our Village Insider programme this week. For the cost of two cups of coffee our readers will now be able to assist us in increasing our print run even further over the coming weeks. We invite everyone to become part of this initiative to keep the good news coming.
With the help of our readers and advertisers The Village NEWS is excited about tackling the next five years. Bad news travels fast, good news travels faster.