Well, as our cover and the article with it about our name change on page 3 indicates, it has been another crazy week in the world of small town, weekly newspapers!
This has all been a little stressful at times, but I've gotta say, Joe and I are loving it. Creating a great new community weekly has been a not-to-be-missed adventure, an opportunity any writer and journalist worth their salt would love. And I want to add that I like our new name (by the way, name-creating by committee is not a highly recommended process!), and I really like the updated logo.
I was reminded of how important a paper like The Outlook is to this region when I was watching a PBS documentary recently on the Otis family dynasty that created the LA Times. There was some conflict in the family on occasion between publishing a paper simply for money and publishing a paper in order to be "serving a community," and the phrase was used that a paper is "the lifeblood of a community."
At The Outlook, that's how we feel. We love this region, it's people, events, talent and beauty, and it's our goal to be the lifeblood of the Southern Vermont region. There are a million stories in this area, and we'd like to tell as many of them as time and space permit.
We also know we have to make money to pay the bills, so we appreciate our advertisers and the many folks who showed their support for The Messenger/Outlook in the checks and cash they sent us. Thank you.
We'll be publishing a "Thank You" list in our next issue.
Essentially Worthless Things We Could Get Rid of to Reduce Our Carbon Footprint: Plastic and paper shopping bags. Lots of people are bringing their own bags when they shop now, which is wonderful.
I try, there are just two fatal flaws in it for me. One, remembering to put the bags in my truck, and two, remembering to take them out of my truck and into the store. I seem to remember them when I'm in the check out line, which rather defeats their purpose.
Anyone else have this problem, and if so, any suggestions on making remembering your shopping bags a habit?
Website Recommendation of the Week: www.pastemagazine.com.
Paste magazine has been my favorite music, movies and culture magazine for a long time. Like most of print journalism, Paste has struggled to stay alive, but it seems to have found a workable solution with a combination of a print magazine, terrific website and compilation CDs featuring the music they write about in the magazine and website.
Sure, Paste covers the big names in music and film, but they devote even more ink to much lesser known talents, and you'll find a lot of coverage of many musicians who play regularly in our area.
They also have a unique and effective subscription arrangement with a menu allowing you to choose among subscribing to the website, the print magazine, and hard or downloadable copies of their CDs and DVDs, running from $1 to $4, and deducted automatically on a monthly basis.