June 28, 2018: This Paper Needs You!; Community Partners Sought.

June 28, 2018: This Paper Needs You!;
Community Partners Sought.

A Newswest Sponsorship Challenge.

When Facebook first started, it developed an audience base by providing services free of charge, only later going to the financial markets to “cash in” on billions of dollars of built up value. Newswest is now looking to take a page from Mark Zuckerberg’s playbook, but with a more modest revenue goal – sponsorship support totalling $750 per month.

Since 2003, Newswest has been distributed free of charge as a “paper-within-a-paper” by The Kitchissippi Times, under an agreement that Newswest not compete for advertising revenue.

To cover NW’s budget, KT has absorbed publishing and distribution costs, and has generously provided a stipend to offset other operating expenses.

With recent changes to the community newspaper environment initiated by PostMedia and Metroland however, The Kitchissippi Times has been obliged to redesign its publication and distribution systems and to reduce its publication schedule from biweekly to monthly.

Through these changes, KT has continued with its agreement to publish and distribute four pages monthly of community content under the Newswest banner – with an added stipulation that Newswest raise its own operating funds through community sponsorship.

Our all-volunteer Newswest Board has eagerly taken up this challenge. We are proud to welcome and thank our very first sponsors: the craft breweries of Kitchissippi – Beyond the Pale, Tooth & Nail, and Vimy, together with the Hintonburg Community Association, the Hintonburg Economic Development Committee, the Wellington Barbershop and Kelly and Kerry Royal Lepage Realty.

To continue to be successful we must “cash in” on the value you, our supporters and readers receive from Newswest’s continuing monthly publication.

Without your sponsorship, Newswest would not be sustainable despite the continued support of The Kitchissippi Times. If you enjoy reading about our Kitchissippi neighbourhoods, their present, past and future, please consider pledging an amount by contacting Newswest online at: editor@newswest.org .

Through our paper-within-a-paper, the people in our ‘community of neighbourhoods’ will continue to be informed, alerted, advised and inspired. We need your support.
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Photo Caption: How to find some of our sponsors.

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April 26, 2018: Change is Growth; A note from Newswest’s editor.

April 26, 2018: Change is Growth;
A note from Newswest’s editor.

By Tim Thibeault, editor@newswest.org .

Recent changes in the landscape of print journalism in Ottawa have closed many community newspapers and caused others to adapt quickly. Newswest is proud of our 40 year history and particularly proud of our last fourteen years as the volunteer community “paper within a paper,” in partnership with Kitchissippi Times.

We congratulate the Kitchissippi Times team for skillful way they have met the challenges required to continue serving our community.

This is our inaugural print edition within the newly formatted KT. The size is new, the look is new, the delivery system (Canada Post) is new, but the focus is the same… reporting on the Who, What, When, Where, and Why of issues and events relevant to our Kitchissippi families, friends and neighbours.

We are also broadening our online presence. On our web sites, newswest.org and newswestblog.wordpress.com, readers will find all of our regular articles plus a growing number of exclusive “Web Extras.”

Let us know your thoughts. We listen carefully because we know that feedback is what holds communities together and keeps good things growing.

The gold KT distribution box on the corner will remain a reliable source of both The Kitchissippi Times and Newswest, as always.