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Not so small anymore

Ken's Korner
by Ken Johnston, Editor

When I signed on with the Record some 12.5 years ago, I never imagined I would be writing for such a big paper!

The Record has been considered a small market paper for as long as it has been in existence. However much of that smallness is disappearing with the onslaught of the latest invention craze to sweep the world.

The insurgence of the internet into just about every facet of our lives is incredible and just about as overwhelming as the telephone, the radio and the television were when they appeared on the scene. Newspapers were the first major mass media to provide regular updates on local and national news. When the radio began to be accepted by the masses people predicted an end to newspapers. Then when t.v. did the same thing people predicted the end of papers and the radio.

However we survived and adapted. A few years ago the internet began to really invade every nook and cranny of our lives and again people predicted we would disappear.

In fact in each of the mentioned techno emergences papers did survive and continue to do so. In fact if anything the internet has made us stronger.

Now we can provide access to our pages just about anywhere in the world. We can provide up to the hour weather and send news from home to the thousands of people who used to live here with the click of a button.

We are also giving people from around the world a peek at our little corner of the world. Perhaps it will help bring people here for a visit or to live.

In any event this column now has the potential to be read by billions of people instead of thousands.

That is a really big step for me and for the paper.

I have often been asked if I would ever go and work at a larger paper. I have always said I guess the Record is not so small anymore!

–Until then