2020 was a year that tested each and every one us. Thankfully, we made it through – and we’re looking forward to better days in 2021.
The past 11 months provided us with opportunities to consider how to improve the Island Dispatch, Grand Island’s news source of record for the past half-century. Namely:
•The coronavirus will continue to be a topic of discussion, as vaccines are made available and local businesses and schools continue to make adjustments to better meet the needs of the community.
•However, we want to shift news coverage to more Grand Island features – reporting on the people, places and events (when that’s a thing again) that are of interest to you, our readers.
•Outside your window (and on your television), things might appear gray and gloomy. But inside your living room, we want The Dispatch to be a beacon of good news, and a go-to source for local – anything and everything.
Of course, we can’t do this without you.
We’re asking for your feedback so as to make this newspaper – your newspaper – the best it can be now and in the years ahead.
Our team has compiled survey questions, and we’d love to get your answers. Simply download the form, complete it, and return it to 1859 Whitehaven Road. Or, email your response to [email protected].
As an added bonus, when you submit your responses, you’ll be entered to win a gift certificate or special treat from our valued merchants and advertisers.
Leading the Dispatch into 2021 will be Karen Keefe, a former editor who has returned to bolster our Grand Island and Erie County news beats. In addition to this newspaper, Karen has had successful campaigns with the Buffalo News, Niagara Gazette and Bee publications.
Mike Billoni, a familiar name in Western New York, will continue on as lead feature writer. A former Buffalo Bisons executive and current best-selling book author, Mike brings a unique perspective to our newsroom. As a respected entrepreneur, marketer and philanthropist, he has a network of contacts unmatched in this region.
Karen and Mike will be supported by GM Joshua Maloni and Editor-in-Chief Terry Duffy, reporters who have worked at NFP for nearly two decades; a team of freelance writers and photographers; and owners/publishers Skip and Judy Mazenauer, fixtures in the Grand Island community.
In addition, we are reaching out to our community leaders, asking them to contribute columns and provide further behind-the-scenes insight into our Island.
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