A community newspaper is a blank canvas and the best ones let the readers paint the picture. That’s an important part of the philosophy at the Nelson Star.
In a community as diverse and complex as Nelson, it’s a tricky course to take. We can make that pledge, but the very nature of print media makes it impossible to fully pull off. People are going to get upset, others are going to feel excluded and some may even put up those little notices on their mailbox that says “No Star Please.”
Whether you always agree with what you see on these pages, we can honestly say that every day we are doing our best to create the picture with the paint you supply.
Black Press is currently running an online survey at all our papers across the province. The goal is to get a better understanding about what readers want to see and to allow advertisers a sketch about who is leafing through these pages.
There is no catch, no agenda, no pressure. We want to serve you better and the best way to do that is to ask questions.
The survey has been running for two weeks and a couple days ago we received an email from head office letting us know how the results are rolling in. The Abbotsford News is leading the way, but it’s the paper in second place that’s taken many by surprise. You got it — the Nelson Star. Little old Nelson, throwing it down over the likes of Kelowna, Chilliwack, Victoria and Surrey… places a whole lot bigger than us.
First of all, thank you Nelson. It confirms that this community cares about what it reads and the direction of its newspaper. You have impressed us once again.
Though we’re plenty pleased, the results have made us that much more competitive. Now we want to show the rest of the papers how great this town is by snatching away victory in the couple weeks.
The survey can be found online at surveymonkey.com/s/63222XTX. You can also head to our website — nelsonstar.com — where you will find a link half way down the home page on the right hand side under “click for a chance to win.”