Westside Pioneer to publish online only, starting in January
By Kenyon and Therese Jordan
After 10 years as a weekly print newspaper, the Westside Pioneer will become an online-only publication in January.
The last printed issue will be Dec. 19. The Pioneer will follow its normal weekly print schedule through that date and honor its commitments to its paid subscribers.
The existing website, westsidepioneer.com, will then be revamped to allow regularly posted stories and photos. New buttons on top of the main page will allow quick access to various pages/elements, and every effort will be made to have a site that's user- and family-friendly (including no pop-up ads). There will be no fee for access.
As the publishers, we understand that the change will disappoint some of our readers - especially those who don't use computers. We have mixed emotions ourselves. Our background is in print newspapers, and we have often seen the tangible impact of a physical product that people can hold in their hands. Nor can we complain about our circulation, which has kept rising over the years. Our usual press run is at least 5,100, with papers circulated to 350-some subscribers and more than 80 Westside outlets.
Several factors made the change necessary: higher printing and mailing costs, postal inefficiencies, time demands, personal health erosion, and the undeniable nationwide migration to electronic communications. Such aspects are discussed in more detail in the Editor's Desk column on Page 2.
The Pioneer's focus will remain the Colorado Springs Westside, defined as west of I-25, north of Cheyenne/ Broadmoor, east of Manitou Springs and south of Garden of the Gods Road.
The online version will offer many of the print features that readers have liked, including the Idea Exchange (columns, letters, etc.), Classifieds (which will still be updated on a weekly basis), Got a Card page and Westside Happenings, along with steady coverage of Westside events, projects, schools, commerce, human interest, history and significant community activities.
As always, the Pioneer will be supported entirely by advertising (nearly all local). Initial contacts with our long-time advertisers have been encouraging, with most of them planning at least to give the online move a try. One bonus of the change is the Internet capability to present all display ads in color.
More information about the online edition will be provided - as details are finalized - in the remaining print issues of the Pioneer (Nov. 21 and 27 and Dec. 5, 12 and 19).
The Westside Pioneer was started in January 2004 by Kenyon and Therese Jordan as a community-oriented “mom-and-pop” news-paper for the Westside. The paper is still published from the front part of the Jordan home at 526 S. 26th St. Kenyon is editor, writer and chief photographer; Therese is advertising representative, financial director and occasional photographer.
Helping create the Pioneer online is the family's older son, Travers Jordan, who owns a computer building/ repair service (Techno Guy Computers). He also designed the original Pioneer website in 2004 and regularly updates its archives.
To find out more about the upcoming change, please call the business number, 471-6776; or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org regarding news, or email@example.com regarding ads.
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