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The Augusta Press: How it all began



A Letter From Our Publisher

These last 2 weeks have been a whirlwind. A lot goes into starting a media company. I believe The Augusta Press will prove to be a historic asset to the community. Journalism is a totally new venture for me, but it’s one I’m honored to take. Community service, what re...

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  1. Joe:

    As publisher it is your right to “print” or not “print” this comment. Either way, I’m glad I have the chance to submit so at least you’ll read it.

    As your subscriber I was very appreciative of how transparent you were in sharing your background in Real Estate– and the importance of hard work, faith, and family. I also did not know your age when you bought Sherman and Hemstreet. My son bought a roofing company at that age and I’m always impressed with the “chops” it takes to “bet on yourself”.
    He’s going strong and has probably made more money in 2 years than I’ve made in a lifetime in media!

    As someone who has walked the fine line of journalism and advertising for decades I KNOW it is not easy to make daily decisions looking at all sides of fairness and disclosure.
    By being transparent with your ownership of a major real estate company and of “The Augusta Press” it allows your readers to process stories that may involve S and H or your competitors through a different lense.
    Reminders of those fine lines when stories come up is never a bad idea. I believe you’ll strengthen your connection with readers like me.

    As someone who was involved in the last few of your decisions to “jump into the deep end of media”, I hope my ideas and work were helpful in some small part. Though I am not involved in “The Augusta Press” any further, I truly am pulling for you and your team. This is needed in the CSRA.

    As someone who shares your faith, I know you know that sometimes God closes one door and opens another.
    It’s all good.

    Continued success.

  2. You probably have recognized that there is, sadly, an enormous vacuum in printed (and digital) local news in Augusta. Even more sad is the lack of unbiased news reporting everywhere in general. Your goal of full, fair, accurate, and unbiased articles, if you can achieve and maintain it, will, I’m sure, not only reward you, but be a real and much-needed gift to the community, above and beyond whatever future good you will do through your planned nonprofit. The arrival of the Augusta Press is opportune: I believe that I am correct in my view that your primary competition, the once respectable Augusta daily newspaper, has been reduced in its influence to much deserved “paper tiger” status. Or, I can’t resist saying, “cat box paper status.” Thanks for taking on the responsibility of replacing it, and of seeing your responsibility as long term, as a lasting benefit “for the next century.” I welcome the Augusta Press and wish you all success in continuing to attract reporters and writers who embody the traditional values of journalism. That may be challenging, since I fear we are seeing the fruition of the practice, begun fifty years ago, of training the best and brightest of young would-be reporter/journalists to set as their primary goal “making a difference” rather than accurately reporting the news. It has been a long time since young reporters were taught to leave their opinions at home until they had acquired the years of experience (and the humility) necessary to become commentators. Note: I have gained from Sylvia Cooper the understanding that one has to have humility before being capable of suitably setting it aside. Thanks for what you are all doing; please keep it up!

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