When we launched the Bulletin in April 2003 in the basement of a home off downtown, doubters said we wouldn’t last.
On April 4, the North Platte Bulletin began its 10th year.
We didn’t care what doubters said. We were starting an enterprise dedicated to straightforward news about North Platte -- an unpretentious, surprising community that we believe is the most important place in central and western Nebraska.
We had worked in journalism for many years. We were tired of, even sometimes ashamed of, the corporate news structure and its franchised approach to people and events.
We knew the Bulletin would be a tough but joyful business for diligent reporters, graphic artists, advertising representatives and editors.
Since then, we have joyfully published a print issue each week for nine years, plus a special edition on each day of the Nebraskaland Days parade.
From the outset, we joined the computer publishing age, and more than 20,000 news stories have appeared on our website – 2,200 in the last year alone -- an average of six stories a day.
We don’t belong to a national news service that provides canned reports of news around the world. We – often just 2-3 of us – get out and get on the phone, learning what happened and writing the reports.
We’ve covered the biggest stories, including the international financial meltdown of 2008, as well as the smallest, paying attention to the individual North Platte cop on the street, the individual criminal behind bars, as well as the cats that keep them company.
In our April 4 print edition, we covered new projects as well as historical events, from the $35 million Greenbrier manufacturing plant near Hershey to the second oldest grave in the city cemetery.
There were stories about an old city hospital in a near-mansion - a century-old pink house near downtown, as well as semi-trucks that will soon run on natural gas.
Plus, there were lots of advertisements from fine merchants who provide excellent products and outstanding service.
We have advertisers and subscribers who have been with us since the first issue, as well as brand new readers. We cannot adequately express our gratitude to them all. Thanks to their interest and support, we continue to strive to cover more news, better than ever.
Like your reading, our reporting begins with each story, our editing begins with each issue, and at the same time our publication is as ongoing as daily events.
To all, thanks for your support and confidence; for working with us -- even arguing with us -- and mostly for sharing and caring about the news. We are happy to share our learning and our love for our community.
We hope you enjoyed the Volume 10, No. 1 print edition of your North Platte Bulletin.
Published in the April 4 print edition of the North Platte Bulletin. Remember, the print Bulletin carries news reports you won't find online.