The Gazette: This Year, Next Year

by Ray Small, Editor

HARDWICK – This year has been a challenge for the Gazette, but I’m happy to report that we are still very much alive. I think 2023 will be a turnaround year for your local paper.

2022 was a year for establishing a stable foundation from which we can grow. I reluctantly closed our newsroom in the Gazette building to save costs. We have relocated to the Spark space in Greensboro, and the new space is working out very well. Our community journalists have done a fabulous job for the Gazette (thank you!) and the newsroom staff (Dawn and Sandy) has been extraordinary. Without either of them, there is no Gazette.

We are making slow but steady progress in moving the Gazette from a commercial operation to nonprofit status. I expect to launch the nonprofit early next year. If the Gazette can garner enough support from its readers and communities, one of our top priorities will be to re-start the print edition of the paper. We have done a solid job as a digital publication, but I would love to get back to putting ink on paper.

I am optimistic about the Gazette’s prospects for next year and beyond. I thank you for your support this year and wish you and yours all the best for the new year.