We’ve reached an important milestone this week. On July 14 we entered our 150th year. It is significant not just because of the age it implies, but also because the date marks a significant change to the way news will be presented to our readers.
For well more than a decade we have had a presence on the Internet. We have put up the major stories of the week, a calendar for planning and a host of historical and reference pieces that we hope have been useful to you.
But the technology available to us has changed dramatically in recent years, and the way people are consuming news has also changed. Readers want information faster, and the notion of a weekly news cycle for “weekly” newspapers is quickly going out the window. There are challenges the newspaper industry is confronting that have altered the face of news media, forcing even the smallest of community newspapers to rethink how they deliver the news to their readers. Demands for timeliness, a variety of voices and opportunities to become part of the discussion have pushed us into directions we either embrace, or force us out of the business.
Over the past five months we have considered long and hard how these forces are impacting Sag Harbor and the East End. One thing we learned early about the place we live is that its residents are keenly aware of the world around them and want to help shape its present and future.
We have said dozens of times over the last couple of years that we have never seen our community so active, or facing so many challenges: think Bulova in Sag Harbor, and the pressures on Main Street, the future of the Bridgehampton School, development in Southampton and the fiscal stability of East Hampton Town.
We have never felt so excited about our business – nor as responsible to our community – as we do now. We are inviting you to help shape how you get the news of the place you live. We have created a new website that we imagine as a town square. There will be more stories – and we ask you to add your comments – weblogs on local issues, and send us your photos and videos – we have room for all of them.
And send us your opinions – we know you have them.