Over the past two years we’ve built an amazing team for you here at The World. We’ve added more local content, a better online experience and even have some awards from the Oregon Newspaper Press Association to show for it.

On the business side of things our customers tell us their service and results are better than ever. We’re even in the hunt for a dynamic director of our circulation team to ensure our print editions are delivered on time and our audience continues to grow. But, as always, with growth comes change.

Today’s topic of change comes in the form of a departure — mine. I’m moving north to run the Lee Enterprises Mid-Valley Media Group in Albany, Corvallis and Lebanon. While this is an exciting move for my career and for my family, I find it hard to express how bittersweet it is. We immediately fell in love with Oregon’s South Coast. All that Oregon has to offer, in both the people and the surroundings, have been a gift. We are excited to try something new and thrilled to continue living in the state we proudly call home.

In the interim this doesn’t mean much change at all. I’ll be serving as publisher during the search for my replacement. And we’re going to continue to innovate. We recently had a visit from our Total Content Management System team from Lee Enterprises. They evaluated our current processes in order to change our news gathering for the better. Soon our reporters and photographers will be writing and shooting on location and sending their content to the web and the printed page simultaneously. This will enable us to break news faster online. At the same time it will free us up to dig deeper into the story for the print editions to follow. We’re also going to continue to expand our local coverage. We’ve just restructured our news beats and have three reporters starting in a few weeks.

The World has changed for the better in the past two years. We’ve built an award winning news operation that cares for our employees and is dedicated to bringing the very best coverage to the communities we serve. That commitment will never change.

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