Tom Byrd

I hope you enjoy and benefit from your copy of today’s De Queen Bee.

As you will note from some of the material in your paper, this week is National Newspaper Week. To all of our readers and supporters we say: Thank you!

Some publicity surrounding newspapers recently has not been positive, with stories and chatter about the demise of the print newspaper being heard or read.

It is true that some newspapers have closed. Even in some of our own neighboring Arkansas counties, just this last month, we heard news of community newspapers that have closed their doors. As we’ve seen most often in other parts of the country, these closed newspapers were part of a very large chain owned by investment bankers.  

Community newspapers play a very useful and vital role, so we should not be surprised that in these areas where newspapers have been lost, new community newspapers are being launched and are popping up. That’s because community newspapers are vitally needed and can still be successful and viable businesses.  

At their best, community newspapers have always been about commitment and caring about a community and trying to make a difference in the quality of life. At the De Queen Bee, our mission remains unchanged: we are excited about continuing to provide information you need, both in our print version and at our dequeenbee.com website. If you own or represent a business, we also are excited about the cutting edge digital solutions we can now offer you, in addition to our tried and trusted community newspaper. 

As always, thank you for your readership and support of your local newspaper!

— Tom Byrd

Publisher

The De Queen Bee

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