The Newport This Week Edition of March 10, 2010 may not be memorable to loyal readers, but it was the first issue of the paper after we purchased it from East Bay Newspapers. A short page one announcement read: “Newport This Week is locally owned, again!”
It continued, “The company that purchased Newport’s free, weekly newspaper from Lisette Prince in 2004, the Phoenix-Times Publishing Co., owners of the East Bay Newspapers chain, has sold its interest in NTW to two local journalists and former employees.”
Despite the odds, especially considering the changing landscape of newspapers across the country, NTW is like the “little engine that could.” Over the years, dozens of reporters, columnists, photographers and contributors have filled the pages with news stories (this issue has nine), photos, the coveted calendar and, on the lighter side, articles on music, film, the arts, architecture, gardening and nature.
Contributors have come and gone for various reasons, but this is a good time to remember one of our beloved writers and photographers, Jack Kelly, known for his nature column and photos, who passed away in 2016.
A 10th anniversary is symbolized by gifts of tin or aluminum, materials representing durability and flexibility needed to sustain a relationship. And that summarizes the past 10 years in the NTW office on Broadway. Each week and each year, we’ve demonstrated our durability and flexibility as a trusted news source to sustain and grow our relationship with readers.
In an age of shrinking circulations, our readership has actually increased. The paper’s commitment to the community has also grown through its involvement with a major fundraiser the past three years to raise money for enrichment materials for NACTC, the Broadway Street Fair and, most recently, our series of forums on the future of our island high schools.
Of course, none of this would have been possible without you, our readers. Although we are thrilled when you decide to read our online edition, NewportNow, we are especially grateful that you still choose to pick up the print edition of NTW on a weekly basis. Thank you for your loyalty. Going forward, we will continue striving to give you plenty of reasons to go “old-school.”
Perhaps most importantly, we need to give a shout out to the hundreds of advertisers who have entrusted us with their marketing dollars. Without them, NTW would not have been able to sustain the paper that everyone picks up on Thursdays. To all of you, a huge thank you.
We’re proud to celebrate a decade of ownership. We hope the next time you see one of our faithful drivers or dedicated reporters or columnists, you will say congratulations.