Friday, June 15, 2012

Publisher's Note

In the newspaper business, the next issue matters most

Posted on Fri, Jun 15, 2012 at 1:58 PM

In the newspaper business, nothing stays the same. We remake the Indy every week. And there's nothing certain about the week after that. We make our preparations and hope we rise to whatever the occasion demands.

Last week, our preparations led to the end of our long, productive relationship with political columnist George Ochenski. George was a favorite of disaffected Montanans because he derided all those in power with equal contempt. He's had a prominent presence in our pages over the years, and many will miss his voice in the paper.

We're searching for new voices now who'll bring a vital, topical tone to our pages, and who will connect with readers in original, compelling ways. But our approach to publishing a great newspaper will never change. It's focused on telling engaging stories about the people of Missoula and Montana. It's about vivid detail, incisive analysis, and lively writing. When we do our job right, we all come to know our neighbors a little better, and we get a better idea of the complexities we confront trying to live together in a modern community.

Of course, there's no telling what we're going to be writing or you're going to be reading next week, or next year, or beyond. We'll be here, though, with our ears to the ground and our notebooks in hand, waiting for life to unfold so we can capture a vibrant sliver of it for you.

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