NO MORE INK SMUDGE

Lo­cal jour­nal­ism con­tin­ues through dig­i­tal plat­form

Stanthorpe Border Post - - FRONT PAGE - MATTHEW PUR­CELL

ALL good things must come to an end.

To­day, the fi­nal print prod­uct of the Stan­thorpe Bor­der Post has been re­leased af­ter 148 long years. There’s no hid­ing from the fact that the me­dia land­scape is evolv­ing.

In 1872 a group of peo­ple put to­gether the first Bor­der Post and Stan­num Miner from a hut on what would be the cor­ner of Folke­stone and Mary­land sts to­day.

This fi­nal edi­tion on June 25, 2020, has largely been crafted on a lap­top from the com­fort of the two jour­nal­ists’ homes.

Me­dia will never stop chang­ing. While to­day is his­toric, it’s also a new dawn for the pa­per.

The Bor­der Post will re­main but will just be in a dif­fer­ent for­mat. The fu­ture is dig­i­tal and that is where the Bor­der Post will con­tinue its legacy, with full on­line ac­cess to our sub­scribers.

The Bor­der Post is the voice of the Gran­ite Belt and I im­plore you to keep giv­ing it a voice.

To­gether, we have shared many sto­ries, tri­umphs, heartaches and mem­o­rable mo­ments that will still be avail­able at the click of a but­ton.

To­day will also be my last day with the Bor­der Post.

Both my­self and Saa­vanah Bourke will de­part our roles and Emily Clooney (story, page 8) will come in to fill the void.

I got my jour­nal­ism start with the Bor­der Post sev­eral years ago as a vol­un­teer be­fore cut­ting my teeth else­where.

It was a priv­i­lege to come back as the se­nior journo three years ago.

Over that pe­riod I’ve met some re­mark­able, re­silient and all-round wonderful in­di­vid­u­als.

I’ve seen the best of this Gran­ite Belt com­mu­nity, and the worst of it.

I sin­cerely thank all those peo­ple who’ve wel­comed me into their homes and given me their time.

I truly hope you ex­tend the same con­sid­er­a­tion to Emily and any­one else who works for the come.

So yes, to­day marks the end of an era, but, it’s also a new be­gin­ning.

To find the best, most upto-date lo­cal news, head to www. stan­thor­pe­bor­der­post. com.au.

If you have a story to tell, have won an award, seen a good Sa­mar­i­tan or have sim­ply been impressed by some­thing in our com­mu­nity, you can email ed­i­to­rial@bor­der­post. com.au.

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