By John Anderson
There is no doubt in my mind that Auburn Mass Daily is filling a void in our community. Prior to this undertaking, residents had a limited flow of information with the local weekly and the regional daily. Since we posted our first edition on the morning of August 26, 2013, the weekly has become far less local and the daily has been sold twice. Meanwhile, we have built our readership on a weekly if not daily basis, advertising has picked up, and we’re covering more and more.
Personally, I’m having a blast doing things I never thought I would be able to do. I’ve written around 300 original stories, and I’ve taken nearly 30,000 digital photographs. I’ve met the Governor, Congressman McGovern, Senator Moore and Representative Frost; I know nearly all of Auburn’s public officials on a first name basis; I’ve interacted with many in our public schools and talked with hundreds of school children. I’ve had the pleasure of doing interviews with community and government leaders, student athletes, and champions in music, the arts, and academics.
My biggest disappointment is the lack of available time to get everything done. I once did a “Part I” but never got around to Part II or III. Many more stories have stopped at my note pad because there aren’t enough hours in the day. The obvious solution is to hire some talent, but that takes money. It would be nice if some of the established businesses in town would advertise simply for the sake of keeping Auburn Mass Daily up and running and allowing us to hire a correspondent or two. That would allow us more consistent coverage of more events.
Lastly, I need to mention my business partner, Jeff LaBonte. Jeff is the technical guy in our operation as well as a very active community volunteer. We served together on the Pappas Recreation Complex Oversight Committee for a year or so. One day I realized I had met Jeff on one of the worst days of his life. His house burned down one morning, and I had responded as an Auburn Firefighter. At the time, he and his wife had newborn triplets, and fortunately everyone escaped from the dwelling. That was about 11 years earlier. We chatted about the newspaper idea a few times, and we finally just did it last August.
Our site has changed a lot in the last year, and it’s all because of Jeff’s hard work. Every change has been for the better, and we hope to make this the perfect on-line news site. When I have uploaded my text and photos, he puts it all together on our web site. You, our readers, get the benefit. Jeff is also a competent writer and photographer, but he rarely uses a byline. I’m sure Jeff will be sharing some site statistics with you, and I hope you find them as interesting as I do.
Thanks for reading, sharing and posting. Our readers continue to make this a worthwhile venture.