If you missed the announcement in last week’s Gazette, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself again. I am the new editor/content manager of The Gazette, and I started in my new role last week.
I made the move to Delaware earlier this month and have been taking long walks and drives in order to get myself better acquainted with the community. I’m living in the downtown – just a few steps away from the Gazette office – so there’s a good chance you’ll see me trying to cross North Sandusky Street in the mornings.
I’ve enjoyed a long newspaper career in southwest Ohio – in the thriving area between Cincinnati and Dayton – and couldn’t resist the opportunity to come to Delaware to join the great staff of journalists here in the fastest-growing part of Ohio. My wife and I first visited Delaware on a fact-finding mission in mid-July, and the community immediately charmed us both.
And if you’re interested: My wife, Connie, is a teacher and my two adult children are on their way to medical careers. Son Austin is a third-year med student in Dayton, and daughter Sarah just started a new job, too – as an Early Head Start home visitor – after just receiving her certification as a registered nurse. You can probably tell that I’m a proud father.
So what brings me to The Gazette? I see a solid newspaper that has deep roots in this community and that is still important to the readers it serves. My goal is to make this newspaper even more important and relevant to its subscribers, and to convince non-subscribers to give us a try. Having a good daily newspaper is vital to most cities, whether we realize it or not.
As most of you already know, these are difficult days for the newspaper industry, in large part because of the Internet’s influence. But the newspapers that are thriving are those in close-knit communities like Delaware, because we can provide local news and information that you aren’t typically going to find on the Internet – unless it’s on our website (delgazette.com), on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/delawaregazette) and/or via Twitter (@delgazette).
We want to be your main source of information about the city of Delaware, Delaware County and surrounding communities. We offer a good product now but there’s always room for improvement. And that’s why I’m here.
So I hope you will continue to welcome me to Delaware and will let me know what you like and what you don’t like about The Gazette. And I’d love to hear from you about what you would like to see in The Gazette. More of this? Less of that? My door is always open and I invite you to stop in our office for a chat.
More importantly, I hope you’ll always feel free to call me and share your ideas for stories that you’d like to see us write.
My office phone number is 740-413-0900 and my email address is email@example.com. And you’re welcome to “friend” me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MichaelWilliams822.
I look forward to getting to know you all better. See you around town.