I hear many things as I interact with my staff, our advertisers and subscribers, my friends and the community at large.
I hear from some people that we are doing a great job and to keep up the good work. Others don’t hesitate to point out our shortcomings and eagerly inform me of why they don’t/won’t buy the local newspaper. Many people don’t offer feedback. Some simply fall off our customer lists; others show their support by their continued business.
Of course I like to hear from satisfied customers. Who doesn’t? And while I don’t like to hear bad things, I DO appreciate those people who take the time to make me aware of their concerns. Both positive and negative comments help us look at our products through a different lens and help us design improvements. Telling my staff or telling me what’s on your mind keeps us all working toward the goal of making the Pella Chronicle a top-notch community newspaper.
One recurring theme that I hear is that we never print any good news. As a child, my mother used to tell me that “never” is a long time – her way of saying that I was, perhaps, exaggerating a bit. I believe it’s an exaggeration to make that statement regarding a lack of good news in the paper, too.
That being said, we could always hear MORE good news! And that’s where YOU come in.
Once a month, and more often if we’re successful, we would like to print the good news around Pella and Marion County. In a section entitled “Acts of Kindness” we will share the stories of people treating their neighbors as they’d like to be treated.
Do you have a story about an act of kindness, large or small, that made difference in your life? Share it with your friends and neighbors in Marion County! Please limit your story to a few hundred words and include your name, phone number (in case we need to contact you) and where you live. If you have a photo to go with your story, please send it as well. You can attach it to your email as a jpeg file, or bring it in to the office and we will scan it.
Mail your “Acts of Kindness” story to the Pella Chronicle, PO Box 126, Pella, IA 50219, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will begin publishing the stories once a month when we have received a couple to get us started. If we receive an abundance of stories (and I hope we do) we will plan a more aggressive publishing schedule.
We’ve been telling Pella’s story for more than 147 years –almost as long as there has been a Pella! We believe in this community and look forward to sharing YOUR good news stories.
Maureen Miller, Publisher