Peninsula News is still here
What's happening with Peninsula News?
Peninsula News is still here and will continue into the future. We are not shutting down.
We have fewer pages at present due to a change in production arrangements, but - with the help of the Peninsula community - we expect to build the newspaper back up to its previous size over time.
A voluntary non-profit com-munity group has owned and operated Peninsula News over the past 21 years, and continues under the leadership of its founding editor Mark Snell.
It will continue with the same editorial policies that have seen it develop an extraordinary level of recognition, appreciation and support over the years: comprehensive and exclusive coverage of news relevant to the Peninsula, encouragement of well-informed discussion of issues affecting our future locally.
What are the changes?
As you may have read in the last issue of Peninsula News, the long-standing arrangement we had with Central Coast Newspapers to produce Peninsula News on our behalf has come to an end.
The new owner of Central Coast Newspapers told us he was not willing to continue the arrangement that we had with the previous owner Mr Cec Bucello.
What we did not know at the time was that Central Coast Newpapers was planning to bring out a newspaper in competition with Peninsula News - the Pelican Post.
Under the previous arrangement, Mr Bucello bore the costs of production but was able to retain all advertising revenue. This arrangement meant that we were able to concentrate on the quality of the news content of Peninsula News, without needing to attend to the commercial realities of the operation.
However, it also meant that, when we were faced with having to "go it alone", we were left without the advertising that businesses had previously placed with Peninsula News.
We are now having to re-establish these relationships directly with those concerned.
Help and support needed
Peninsula News is now being researched, written, designed, printed and distributed and advertising raised by volunteers from our not-for-profit community group, The Peninsula's Own News Service Inc, and its supporters.
Your help and support is needed, while we establish our own commercial operation, and get ourselves back on our feet.
We would welcome volunteers in all aspects of the newspaper's production, from news gathering and photography, in graphic design, advertising and administration, through to distribution.
Any support local individuals or organisations are able to provide would be greatly appreciated.
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Mark Snell, editor
13 Nov 2020