(Plain Press, January 2018) The Plain Press Board of Trustees is currently seeking community input into a planning process that will prepare for the future of the Plain Press. We intend to reach out to our readers, on a one-to-one basis or in small group discussions, to explore what role the Plain Press will play in the community. This discussion could include issues readers feel are important to cover, as well as how you like to receive your copy of the Plain Press – in print or online, or some combination of both. We hope you will share with Board of Trustee members what you like about the Plain Press, as well as, what needs improvement. The primary goal is to develop a plan for the newspaper that will carry the Plain Press beyond its 50th anniversary in 2021.
The Board of Trustees also would like to recruit at least five new members. As the board circulates in the community to gain input about the future of the paper, please be prepared to share with board members your nominations of individuals you feel can help shape the future of the Plain Press.
The Plain Press staff and Board of Trustees are also seeking volunteers to participate in the production of each issue of the Plain Press, and to assist with increasing revenue so that volunteers might eventually be paid for their talents. As our staff members approach the age of retirement, we are hopeful that a younger generation of journalists, graphic artists, photographers, editors, distributers, mailers, website managers, and advertising sales representatives will emerge to continue the work of the Plain Press in providing quality, independent neighborhood news.
The Plain Press staff and Board of Trustees are currently laying the groundwork for this planning process. We are looking into opportunities to participate in networking events in the neighborhood to gain input from our readers. Please keep tuned to future issues of the Plain Press for opportunities to participate in networking with our Board of Trustees. In the meantime, please feel free to send comments or suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.