I live nine miles from Astoria and eight miles from Seaside. It’s like having a foot in both north and south Clatsop County, and as the publisher of both the Daily Astorian and Seaside Signal, it’s a great place to be to appreciate the different personalities of the communities we serve.
Both towns have unique histories and features, both with great people and organizations. Although news of the region ties us all together, clearly having a newspaper with local voices and very local community news is important to both newspapers. Last year we did a readership survey both online and in the Seaside Signal to ask how we can improve both our news and our service to the Seaside community. Then we asked business and community leaders to join us for breakfast and tell us what they thought of the paper.
One of the requests that came through loud and clear was that Seaside wanted its paper to be weekly. We’re glad to be able to make that happen. As of May 10 the Seaside Signal will become a weekly newspaper again.
Our company, EO Media Group, has owned the Seaside Signal and Cannon Beach Gazette since 2013. At that time, both publications were made twice monthly — the staff produced a newspaper every week, but alternated between the two publications.
Fast forward six years, and as of May 1, Country Media will reacquire the Cannon Beach Gazette from EO Media Group. While it’s bittersweet to say goodbye to the Cannon Beach Gazette in our publishing group, it’s perfect timing to continue to publish a paper every week — the Seaside Signal. We are looking forward to concentrating on stories, meetings and issues important to Seaside every week.
Those of you who receive the Signal with your Daily Astorian subscription will receive the Seaside Signal every week with your weekend edition Astorian, delivered in your Saturday mail, as the Daily Astorian becomes The Astorian May 7, publishing Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
We will continue to cover South County news, sports and community stories, including Cannon Beach, especially in Coast Weekend. The Cannon Beach Gazette will continue to print at the Daily Astorian as do Country Media’s five other North Coast newspapers.
We hope you’ll support our efforts to bring you South County news every week with a subscription to the Signal, only $40.50 to have it delivered for a full year — 52 weeks.
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Kari Borgen is the publisher of the Seaside Signal and Daily Astorian; her email is firstname.lastname@example.org.