Out of My Mind 35

G-T will miss NCWMedia, but welcomes Sound Publishing

“May you live in interestingtimes” isn’t necessarily always an old Chinese curse. At least not here atthe Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune.

As you may have already read on ourwebsite, or heard through the grapevine, the G-T has been purchased, or shouldI say traded, for the Wenatchee Business Journal to Sound Publishing by ourformer publishers NCW Media Inc. One of my friends who was in town this weekendputting on the Tumbleweed Film Festival asked me if I was going to get a newbaseball card with my picture and stats on it because of the trade. Let’s see,over the last 24 years I’ve worked for four teams now – Bob Davis, the EmrysNCW Media (formerly Prairie Media) and now Sound Publishing.

Althoughwe’ve made some great friends and working relationships with the staff of NCW,overall I feel the purchase is a positive one. Everyone on the G-T staff isstill here and we’ve already had some major upgrades in equipment. A look at thelist of community newspapers that Sound publishes, mostly on the west side ofthe state and northern Oregon, proves that they are serious about communityjournalism. They bring a lot of experience and tools to the table that can onlyimprove our little newspaper.

Our relationship with NCW Media is not atan end though as we will still be printed in Chelan at the Lake Chelan Mirrorand it looks like we will continue to partner on some advertising and when theoccasion arises and one of our Tonasket or Oroville sports teams is playing intheir coverage area they will be able to send us photographs from the games andmatches and visa versa.

We are in a transition period moving over to theSound Publishing System. This week’s issue is the first being published underthe auspices of Sound Publishing and fingers crossed everything will go just assmoothly as it has with NCW Media.

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