Martin: One year at Sky-Hi — and still going strong
While Colorado’s largest newspaper, The Denver Post, faces an uncertain future with recent major resignations and huge staff cuts, it is the community newspaper that seems to be thriving in the industry.
It’s been one year since I became editor of Sky-Hi News, Grand County’s community newspaper, and I’m extremely thrilled to report that we’re following the trend of smaller papers being the ones that are doing best.
But Sky-Hi News is in a unique position: it’s improving and growing, not staying stagnant or simply aiming for the status quo. That’s evident in our deep commitment to producing quality journalism, our reimagining of the ways in which we deliver our news, creating new special publications to further interest our audiences and keeping active in our community.
When I became editor at Sky-Hi, leading a small, two-person newsroom, I was anxious about how much we’d actually be able to cover. With a county spanning several towns, hundreds of miles and thousands of people, I had to make sure we were covering as much as we could, while not forsaking quality in our reporting and writing. It was apparent we would need somewhat of a repositioning from what previous editors envisioned for Sky-Hi News, to truly become a daily website in addition to being a semiweekly print publication.
Our efforts have certainly been fruitful as we continue to deliver news as it happens every day, with an emphasis on breaking news.
After refocusing our aim to become digital-first, meaning our concentration was now set on the quickest delivery of our content possible via our website and social media platforms, we turned to building connections with our community and growing our reach.
Sky-Hi News is fortunate to have longstanding relationships with so many people, businesses, governmental entities and more that it wasn’t long before I was pleasantly inundated with cards of welcome and well wishes for a bright future. It was obvious the previous stewards of the newspaper did well and I would continue that tradition of reaching out to our community and delivering them a newspaper they could take pride in.
But it wasn’t long before I discovered for myself how different each community was within the county, being almost polar opposites from one end of the county to another. Though it was actually an interesting find. It meant our reporting would get to span so many different topics, not just related to skiing. From art and agriculture to politics and pot, the topics we cover from day to day vary widely. That helps ensure this job never gets boring.
With one year under my belt I have to consider myself lucky.
Journalism runs thick in my blood and, not only do I get to lead a staff that continues to strengthen and produce award-winning content, I get to do it in one of the most beautiful places amidst the Rocky Mountains.
The future remains bright for Sky-Hi News and I’m proud to be part of it. We have quite a few big things planned for 2018 and beyond and, as I’ve said before, the sky is the limit for what we can accomplish.
Bryce can be reached at email@example.com.
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