Trends change. These days I only get the weekend/ holiday edition. Facts are facts. I read my news online. Heck, I read the above the fold stories on my BlackBerry walking in from the parking garage some days. But I do read The Statesman.com almost every day. And they've gotten very good at social media and finding you where you are already, be it email, Twitter, etc...
Certainly Austin is not alone in civic pride, or finding success for news outlets that have realized that the changes in news delivery due to the power of the internet mean a local focus can be quite powerful. The past few years The Statesman has really embraced those ideals. But I only thought about that as a consumer of news. I never thought about who was making those decisions, or what was happening in the newsroom.
It seems that a lot of that effort has been thanks to Michael Vivio, the publisher who has been at the helm of The Statesman the past few years. I suggest reading Vivio's good-bye column at Statesman.com. Well, Vivio now has a fan for life. In his column, he says:
A lesson learned: Countless times during the last two and a half years, I have reminded our people that Superman was a reporter as a way to focus thought on the value of our mission. It may seem like a trivial comparison, but the point I try to make is that the same motivation that powered Superman — the pursuit of truth, justice and the American way — is the very reason why we must find a way to survive in this changing media world. It motivated us to succeed because what we do matters.
During my tenure, we exposed corruption, sought truth from politicians and protected the public from faulty products. Along the way, we hopefully entertained people and made them think.A regular Perry White, this guy. Only, you know, without reporters turning in stories about how a magical artifact turned them into a 50-story Turtle Man.
I am proud that the employees of this newspaper stayed focused on that mission during my tenure. And I know they will not lose that focus when I am gone.