But no community newspaper is truly owned by the people whose names appear on the masthead. It belongs to the entire community, because it cannot survive without the support and participation of readers, advertisers and the community at large. All of our plans for the Patterson Irrigator are built upon that fundamental truth.
One of our first goals is to establish a new level of communication with the community by establishing a newspaper advisory board that includes a broad cross-section of Patterson residents. That group will be used as a sounding board for new ideas or approaches we may be considering, as well as a source for all other forms of community input. We contemplate regular exchanges with board members by email or other means of communication, as well as occasional meetings in person. We welcome your suggestions for people who should serve on that board.
We will also seek good local writers, photographers and other artists who are willing and able to help us improve our community coverage of news and sports.
We invite everyone to tell us how we are doing in every aspect of our business, through letters to the editor, comments on our website, emails, personal contacts or any other form of communication.
Our efforts to engage with everyone in the community must include all generations.
Therefore, we plan to provide each classroom in the Patterson schools with a free subscription to the Patterson Irrigator. Our coverage of the schools will extend well beyond the traditional menu of sports and school administration. Our goal is to provide our readers, including students, a complete and accurate picture of what is happening in Patterson schools.
We invite you to join us in developing the kind of relationship between the Patterson Irrigator and its community that helps both grow and prosper.