The Marietta Times is your newspaper.
The stories we tell are your stories. It might be front page breaking news, it might be an honor roll, or a birth announcement. It might be an obituary.
The history of The Marietta Times, all 150 years of it, is your history. What a privilege it is to tell your story.
I didn't grow up in Marietta but I've lived and worked here now for more than 20 years. The Marietta Times has become my family. This community, my home. And many of the people who work at The Times are natives of Marietta and Washington County. Your stories are intertwined with our own.
This newspaper is a living, breathing history of this community, its happenings and the people who live here. What a compelling story it is, and it's a story our readers want to hear.
As a news organization, The Marietta Times has been around for more than a century, and will stick around for decades to come. That's because despite what you might hear elsewhere, people are still hungry for news and more and more people want to get that news from a news organization.
A study released last week by the Media Insight Project reports three-fourths of Americans consume news daily including 6 of 10 adults under the age of 30. Just about everyone, 9 in 10 adults, said they enjoy keeping up with the news and happenings of their community and more than half say they want to get that information from a news organization rather than another source.
Newspapers, including online editions, reach half the country and according to the research, readers prefer newspapers for local news, stories about schools, arts and culture and so on. Newspapers are credited with providing the greatest range of topics appealing to the most people.
Just this week, The Marietta Times launched a new digital experience for its readers. All Access can be viewed on our website, MariettaTimes.com, or through any digital device, such as your tablet or phone. With apps, or on our website, readers can read every story of every page of the newspaper. Once downloaded, the newspaper can be viewed without an Internet connection.
One of my colleagues likes to point out that the newspaper really was the original mobile news source. That was true then, and it's true now. But with All Access, we truly have come to the digital age, allowing our customers complete access to the complete newspaper at all times.
The community newspaper - in print and online - will continue to have a role to play in this community for many years to come. We are not just a source for news, we are place where readers share a dialogue on the issues of the day, where the achievements of our youth are celebrated and local businesses can reach out to consumers. We are a partner in this community in many ways. We are a sponsor of the Ohio River Sternwheel Festival, the Coats for Kids campaign, the Send Help food pantry effort, the regional spelling bee and many, many other community causes.
We support the many people and organizations that make this community great. The Marietta Times is your story, and it will continue to be told for many years to come.
Jennifer Houtman is Publisher of The Marietta Times. She can be reached at 376-5401 or firstname.lastname@example.org.