Last year, in marking the end of our second year as Jeju’s only English-language print newspaper, I joked how my only daughter has a de facto sibling: The Weekly. Well, another year has rolled around and another birthday celebrated by the family.
In preparing the third anniversary round-up article for this issue (on pages 4 through 6 of the print edition, Issue 73, which is out next week), I was reminded of just how much work, money, and talent goes into many of our best pieces, by both staffers and contributors.
Out of three years of reporting, it’s definitely difficult to narrow down our best work into a single piece, but I hope the selection ("Stories of Jeju Island") will give readers a sense of the width and depth of our coverage; not to mention our very solemn promise to readers to tell their stories and get their voices heard in a one-of-a-kind community newspaper for Jeju Island.
Over the last 12 months, we’ve covered some interesting and important stories like the Gangjeong naval base controversy, Jeju’s New7Wonders of Nature campaign, and more recently the South Korean 19th General Election. We’ve also made some great leaps forward in the quality and depth of our coverage (in no small part to our hiring Angela Kim as a Korean full-time staff reporter), and more.
But it may not come as any surprise that the last year has also brought some very difficult times for us financially.
Apart from the usual troubles the newspaper industry faces worldwide, we dropped the ball in matching up our audience of readers (which has grown exponentially online) with our advertisers (a very small group, indeed.) We had to cut staff, page numbers and now even temporarily have had to forgo print altogether with last issue’s first-ever online only version available as a PDF download and on iTunes Newsstand.
So, while all of us at The Weekly would like to sincerely thank our readers for their patronage and feedback, it’s crucial that we get your financial backing to keep The Weekly online and in print.
You can subscribe, advertise or donate... any amount you feel comfortable with. But we do encourage everyone to kick in a little cash, to keep the lights on here. You can find the details here in this article. Hopefully in a few weeks or months, we’ll be out of the woods and stronger than ever.
Sincerest thanks from all of us at The Weekly.
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