January 28, 2009 - Jennifer Houtman
You've no doubt heard the mail service motto of delivering the mail no matter what the weather, well, the same is true for newspapers. We publish a newspaper, and deliver it, each day, no matter what the weather may be. In fact, we think it's likely many of our readers turn to our printed product and our Web site for information they need in coping with a winter storm or other severe weather.
We take that responsibility seriously. Our reporters and photographers, layout people, press and delivery people know it's their job to produce a newspaper and get it out to the community. Carriers are advised to pick up their papers and deliver them as best they can. Many of our carriers drive their cars to make their deliveries because many of our subscribers live in rural areas of the county. They deliver where they can. If they come upon a road that is impassable, they won't go there, but then we notify the subscribers and get them their newspaper the next day or credit them for a day if they don't receive a newspaper at all. When it's all said and done, our carriers do everything they can to get the paper to our readers and we appreciate those efforts, especially during challenging weather like we've had the past few days.
We also use our Web site to continuously update weather conditions as they change and pass along any official information that needs disbursed to the public. We hope businesses, schools and other organizations will use the Web site as a way of communicating decisions about closings and cancellations. Schools do this on a regular basis, but any organization or agency that wants to spread the word about delays or closings need only contact us and we will make that information available on our Web site.
The news cycle truly is 24/7 and the staff and carriers of The Marietta Times are committed to getting the news to you every day, regardless of the weather. We know our readers expect it, and we intend to deliver.