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September 2014 • Online Edition
 

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A Long Strange Trip Through Uncharted Waters | Print |  E-mail

by Paul Kashmann

It is only appropriate on this day following the passing of folk icon Pete Seeger to call up his words from the song Turn, Turn, Turn (with a nod to their Biblical orgins in Ecclesiastes 3:1-11) – “To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven.”

This month’s front page articles bracket our present-day reality – with both a consideration of concerns surrounding the preservation of elements of what has come before – and a look at issues that may help define, or perhaps redefine Denver as a city in the future.

There are times, as we found during the recession from which we are all still extricating ourselves, when it is a good idea to simply hunker down and solidify your position. And there are times, as the construction cranes now blessedly dotting our skyline once again attest, when it is wise to use that solid foundation as a springboard toward a grander effort.

In discussing the past/present/future  as we planned this edition, prompted by the turning of the new year as well as having completed our 35th year of publication with the September 2013 edition, we were led to consider the relentless march of the time continuum as it relates to Washington Park Profile specifically.

We view our history – from our first copy in September 1978 to the present day – with great pride. Throughout the years we’ve been blessed with a devoted and talented staff, a business community willing and able to finance this project with their advertising dollars and a loyal active citizen readership not only informing us of the news to be covered, but willing to let us know when we’ve missed the mark on what we’ve reported and when we’ve hit the nail on the head.

We have been committed to sailing our editorial ship into deep seas, rather than simply dawdle by the shore in the safety of shallow water. As the old saying goes, “If you’re not making someone angry, you’re not doing your job.”

And miraculously, we have emerged into this second decade of the 21st century, in fairly fine form, beat up a little bit but having survived the perfect storm created by a combination of the Great Recession and the most epic changes to hit the world of print publishing since Johannes Gutenberg perfected the printing press some 550 years ago.

We are blessed that community journalism remains one of the few segments of ink-on-paper news gathering to survive in good health. We continue to move – though admittedly with a bit of a hitch in our giddyup – into the brave new world of social media, convinced that the future  must be a complimentary blend of print and on-line working together.

As we look forward, we have deepened our commitment to not only report the news as it unfolds, but to attempt to uncover issues that may have fallen through the cracks elsewhere or gotten brushed under the carpet.

Many of our neighborhoods are growing younger, with new families moving in as our senior population ages out. In response, we are giving added space to the issues and information relevant to this vibrant, expanding sector of our readership. We continue to stretch our geographic boundaries when important issues with a more global perspective demand that we bring these matters to your attention.

In addition to considering what Washington Park Profile should become as we move forward, the question comes to mind of who should take the helm to move it forward in the coming decades. As with the change in demographics we mentioned above, we who guide The Profile are aging as well.

We are no longer in our 30s, but our 60s. While we continue to be ready, willing and able to show up each day at our 617 E. Jewell Ave. offices, we shall not be doing so for another 35 years. Or 20. Or 10.

As we look into the future we recognize other opportunities that lie ahead, and challenges we’d like to pursue before all is said and done. The day is coming in the not distant future when we shall look forward to turning this project over to new ownership to guide it over the decades that lie ahead.

So, we want to throw that out to those who share our love for a news vehicle you can hold in your hands, flip through with a moistened finger tip, fold in half, and set your coffee on with your greatest fear being marring the cover with a coffee ring, rather than short-circuiting the memory board. We want to get the attention of those who believe that the lure of immediate electronic reporting may not be doing the service to the reader that more thoughtful, better researched efforts put forth.

It is our greatest hope that when we have reached the end of our tenure, there will be willing hands to take the wheel and guide the ship of state on the next leg of its journey. We hope for someone with fresh eyes and a clear vision of how this medium we love so much will evolve over time.

As I’m sure you’ve deduced by now, we are relentless devotees of print journalism. We think the ongoing demise of America’s daily newspapers is a crisis that will become apparent as time goes on. We do not want to reach the endgame without appropriate new guidance for The Profile. We don’t want to just close the door one day and pack up the files. We don’t intend to one day turn over the business to a broker and take the first order from a bottom feeder disinterested in anything but a few bucks in the bank. This is too important for the community we have fallen in love with – and stayed devoted to – since 1978.

Consider this the beginning of the search for the next generation. We’ll be here for a while yet, so no need to panic. There is more we hope to do, and it will take some time to get it done.

But if you’ve got the bug, and you think this might get under your skin too, give us a shout. We can chat.

 
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