More Than Just a Newspaper

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Lori Cornell Owner, Jamestown Gazette
Owner, Publisher & Editor

Lori Cornell

So I bought a paper!

And universally, I have heard one of two comments:
(1) “That’s great!!! I’m so glad the Gazette will continue.”
(2) “Are you crazy?! Newspapers are a dying business.”

And unfailingly, the first comment has come from local friends, and the second, from well-meaning “outsiders”. The dichotomy is striking, and while both comments gave me pause, I came to a quick realization.

The naysayers don’t know what we know – that the Jamestown Gazette is more than a newspaper.

It’s the story of our lives. It’s part of the fabric of our community. It’s Stacey Hannon’s heart and soul, a precious gift to us all.

Stacey Hannon. One woman’s courageous dream, with an iron will to tirelessly build, became all of our fortune. And what an honor to be afforded the opportunity to carry on her legacy.

And so, I was sold on the sale. But still nervous: how do I support the publishing costs, let alone my large family, understanding that this free paper’s sole revenue source is advertising support?

So then to the naysayers’ question of crazy. “Am I?” Well, yes. I’m used to jumping off cliffs (ok, proverbial only, but…). I’ve spent most of my career with risk-inherent political ventures. I jump-started my family by having four boys in five years. I’ve survived family cross-country roadtrips gone awry with missing RV’s.

But as adventurous as I am, I sat down to begin engaging potential advertisers for the first time last week, and I couldn’t breathe. What if I couldn’t raise enough funding? What if I had just bought a newspaper that I couldn’t pay for…?

Instead, I picked up the phone and was met by friendly and enthusiastic voices on the other end. And then one unprompted business owner explained it. She said, “It’s not like I’m getting rich with the customers I get from the Gazette. I advertise in the Gazette because I like to support the community that I love.”

And BAM. My beautiful realization. Our community’s finest are the finest because they value this place we call home. The Gazette advertisers help make the Greater Jamestown area such a wonderful place to live, work, and raise a family, because they care.

So to all those businesses, nonprofits, community and government organizations out there, I want to personally invite you to be a part of something truly special and truly unique – to reserve your special place in our upcoming editions! (Call me at 716-720-1845!)

Together, with your support, I am so proud to lead this strong asset into a long and prosperous future.

But for today, we pause to look back and to thank Stacey Hannon for her vision to start a community newspaper, her drive to build it from the ground up, and her commitment to ensure its lasting power. With a deep passion for the Greater Jamestown area, she MADE the Jamestown Gazette the treasure that it is today. How fitting that, this Valentine’s week, we resume publishing to honor her deepest labor of love.

Thank You!

I would like to thank my family – especially my sons Ben, Nate, Zach and Nick. You’re going to love this next adventure, boys. Did I tell you about the 10,000 papers we now deliver on Mondays?!

To Stacey and Mark Hannon for this incredibly generous opportunity.

To Graphic Desigers, April Colburn and Nick Trussalo: I could not have bought the Gazette, opened a new business, and produced this first edition all in the same week without your guiding leadership!

To my brilliant Attorney Eddie Sundquist and business advisors Jill Jaquith and Brian Rovegno (shout out SBDC!), as well several other key community friend-experts, thank you all for your time, patience and invaluable advice in getting us up and rolling.

To the impressive cadre of continuing community writers: Wow! No wonder this paper is so beloved!

And last, but certainly not least, to all the current and prospective supporters via advertising: You literally are everything, and we are so grateful. I cannot wait to work with you all!!!

I would like to thank my family – especially my sons Ben, Nate, Zach and Nick. You’re going to love this next adventure, boys. Did I tell you about the 10,000 papers we now deliver on Mondays?!

To Stacey and Mark Hannon for this incredibly generous opportunity.

To Graphic Desigers, April Colburn and Nick Trussalo: I could not have bought the Gazette, opened a new business, and produced this first edition all in the same week without your guiding leadership!

To my brilliant Attorney Eddie Sundquist and business advisors Jill Jaquith and Brian Rovegno (shout out SBDC!), as well several other key community friend-experts, thank you all for your time, patience and invaluable advice in getting us up and rolling.

To the impressive cadre of continuing community writers: Wow! No wonder this paper is so beloved!

And last, but certainly not least, to all the current and prospective supporters via advertising: You literally are everything, and we are so grateful. I cannot wait to work with you all!!!