Archive for Thursday, March 2, 2000

A commitment to the community

March 2, 2000

Hello, Eudora.

Today's Eudora News has a new look and a new staff.

But one thing that won't change is the commitment Bert and Vickie Hull have shown to keeping Eudora's hometown newspaper local, relevant and interesting. Your new News will be delivered with an attention to detail and a commitment to our readers that we will do three things every week:

First, we will give you a newspaper that is an honest, accurate and fair reflection of our community.

This company's commitment to our readers is that we will give you information that is meaningful to your lives. Whether you agree with us or not, we hope you'll feel we've treated the issues and people we cover fairly and accurately. If you see a story that has inaccuracies, we want to know about it.

If you feel we haven't totally investigated all sides of a story, let us hear about it. Community journalism is a two-party commitment: the paper's responsibility is to deliver the news and the community's responsibility is to let us know when we do something right or wrong. I'll try to hold you to the commitment as much as I do our staff.

Second, we will be involved in Eudora residents' lives from birth to death.

We want to know about our newest residents and celebrate the miracle of life, and we want to be there for you when that life is ended. However, the newspaper isn't just about birth announcements and obituaries. It's also about what happens between those times.

You'll see our reporters at grade-school picnics and high school sports events. We'll cover the graduations and ask the "what next" questions that inevitably follow.

We'll be there to report on the new business openings and the retirement parties. If it's news in Eudora, it's in The News in Eudora.

Finally, you have my commitment that we'll never be perfect.

Conversely, I don't believe in making mistakes; I believe in growth. The day we believe we can't improve our entire organization is the day I leave this newspaper.

We have 52 moments of truth a year with you. Every week is precious and has to be treated as an opportunity to get better. I want the people at your newspaper to strive to be the best in the country. The only way we can do this is through continued growth and development.

We're half the newspaper today that we will be in six months. My pledge to you is that we will try to keep improving each week. We'll get better; and I hope you'll keep reading to see us grow with you and this community.

Thank you for inviting us into your home. We're excited to be here and become a part of your lives. We'll be hosting a community open house at the end of March. Between now and then, stop by and say hi at our new office, 1402-B Church. We'd love to hear what you think should be in your paper.

We may be the new neighbors, but we're looking forward to becoming old friends.

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