Not the end of the story, but next chapter in 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
NEW TIMES: Gatton Star editor Ali Kuchel will be here to tell your stories.