September 2012

Some Free Press FAQs

As of this month, it’s nine years and counting for our publication.

When we started the Free Press, we believed there was room for another voice in the Four Corners. We wanted to offer an independent, in-depth newspaper/magazine that would cover regional issues. We also wanted to provide a venue for a lot of different opinion writers – some serious, some humorous, all thoughtful. Would readers support such a publication? We thought so, and you’ve proven us correct.

Over the years, we’ve been asked some questions so frequently that we thought we’d take the occasion of our anniversary to provide a short “FAQ” section, so here goes:

Why is it called the Free Press when it costs 50 cents?

This goes back to the fact that the word “free” has meanings beyond “free of charge.” It also means “unfettered, open,” as in a free nation, a free man, and, yes, a free press.

The newest issue is out and yet I can’t read it online.

Remember that adage (usually related to why a woman should withhold her most intimate charms until the ring is firmly secured) about, “Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free?” It applies to online news. For the present, our main product is our print edition. That’s where we make our money. So we don’t put it online until the following month. You can access our online archives for free, but not our current issue.

I came by your office at 10 o’clock on a Wednesday and no one was there. Why not?

We have a very small staff, and most of the time we’re out gathering news, selling ads, taking photos and engaging in other types of work. As a once-a-month newspaper, the Free Press doesn’t yet support us in the luxury we’re accustomed to (roof over head, food in stomach), so we have other jobs as well.

How do you manage to produce a newspaper, then?

It’s a labor of love, and we’ve had the help and support of some wonderful people who have given of their time and energy over these years to aid us in many ways: Our writers, our ad designers (past and present), our hard-working proofreaders, and, of course, the advertisers who, through their generosity, support independent and diverse journalism in the Four Corners.

Then there are a few special people who have helped us in a host of ways through the years. We can’t thank them enough, but we’ll thank them again right now: Ed and Ruth Lord, and of course the inimitable Galen Larson. And we have to mention a few others who have contributed an extraordinary amount of their talent and effort over many years: Marilyn Boynton, David Feela, Art Goodtimes, Sonja Horoshko, Travis Kelly, and Suzanne Strazza. (And, of course, the late Connie Gotsch, whom we were honored to count among our contributors.)

Lastly and most importantly, there are our readers. You’ve helped us find a niche in the area and we appreciate it. (By the way, if you want to subscribe to our paper, or extend an existing subscription, we’re offering a special $9 rate through the end of September!)

We look forward to the coming year of the Free Press. Let’s celebrate our 10th anniversary together. Is it too soon to start planning the party?