Not the end of the story, but next chap­ter in news

Gatton Star - - NEWS -

AS this is the last printed edi­tion of our mast­head, it’s tempt­ing to want to say good­bye to all our loyal read­ers.

But the truth is, this is the end of a chap­ter, not the end of the story.

The suc­cess of news­pa­pers was al­ways about the “news” not the “pa­per” – and what I need to make crys­tal clear, again, to all read­ers is that that great lo­cal jour­nal­ism is con­tin­u­ing.

We will con­tinue to tell your sto­ries at www.gat­ton star.com.au.

All that said, it doesn’t mean you, and in­deed the team here, shouldn’t be feel­ing sad­ness at what is hap­pen­ing.

The feed­back from read­ers who will miss col­lect­ing the pa­per from the let­ter­box – or wher­ever else it landed as the de­liv­erer zoomed past – has been heart-warm­ing.

Like you, we weren’t keen for print to end.

Like you, we live here. We have the fond­est memories of the tens of thou­sands of yarns we’ve writ­ten. Of the sto­ries we’ve bro­ken, the peo­ple we’ve held to ac­count and the cam­paigns we’ve fought so hard on for the re­gion.

All of that is why so many wide-eyed young peo­ple get into jour­nal­ism. It’s one of the rare ca­reers that you can re­ally make a dif­fer­ence.

The team al­ways carry their most re­cent scrap­book around with them, where their best pieces of writ­ing have been clipped and pasted. They’re a part of his­tory, one none of us will for­get any time soon.

There will be a tear in our eyes as the last pa­pers come off the press. We will cer­tainly be toast­ing the Gat­ton Star with a drink as the sun sets on print.

But come next Mon­day, the team will be back at the key­board, want­ing to hear from you, ea­ger to make sure that our com­mu­nity con­tin­ues to have an in­de­pen­dent voice.

Keep read­ing; and stay in touch.

Yours sin­cerely, the Gat­ton Star team

Pic­ture: Dom El­some

NEW TIMES: Gat­ton Star edi­tor Ali Kuchel will be here to tell your sto­ries.

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