St. George News One Year Later, Thankful as Ever

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For those in Southern Utah who follow online news reporting, we expect that the increasing heat between St. George News and other news sources is evident.  Certainly, as we invest our effort into growing St. George News to be your primary news source, we are gratified by increasing numbers in both Facebook and online news followers.

Recently, there have been some barbs thrown our way off another news service comment wall and transparent comments from that news service directed our way.

For the most part, our interest is in continuing to apply our time and effort to grow and build both the quality and consistency of our reporting, and other complementary news features (columns, opinions, events, and the like), but sometimes we are compelled to give response to the challenges directed our way.

Our primary competitor is staffed with dozens of employees.  We are staffed with two part time administrative editors, and a handful of contributing writers and  columnists.  And, equally as significant, are the many citizen reporters, who offer us tips and information and photos.  We are an interesting collective that together is seeing a most viable news source mature.

We are just over one year old.

We are free.

Everyone involved in delivering St. George News is investing more time voluntarily than they receive compensation.  This is because there is heart in all and confidence that we are building something viable and good.

Our editorial staff has considered some of these recent barbs sent our way, and it occurs to us that while we enjoy the competition, we do not want our readers to get caught in a cross-fire or spitting contest between news services.  For that reason, we will, for the most part, remain silent when barbs and challenges are directed our way.

Again, we are wee in numbers in comparison, and we believe our time is better spent maximizing it in developing rich news and responding to you when you bring needs to our table.  Sometimes we give our time to assist people in needs that are never seen on the Facebook wall and never materialize into a story.  We believe this is part of our service to you, and part of our reciprocation to you when you come to us first.

We very much appreciate all of you who are growing with us and sharing us with others.  We encourage those of you with business dollars to be spent on advertising to consider the value and visibility those dollars will bring if you advertise with St. George News.  While we are free and intend to remain so to our news readership, we do need to build revenue and that comes, quite plainly, through advertising.

On any of these matters, please contact [email protected]

We thank everyone for their contribution and helping us to build St. George News into a media service with over 62,000 unique readers. You have helped us come a long way in just one year. We are excited to see where the year ahead takes us.


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  • Geoff Steurer August 18, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    Has it already been one year? Everyone at STG News is doing a great job providing quality community news. You do a great job leveraging social media and involving the community in producing the news. Good work and here’s to many more years!

  • keevin keyes August 18, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Even at the local level, two voices are better. Happy anniversary.

  • Big Bob August 18, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    This is a great online news source for the area. I’d like to see you guys somehow expand to TV in the future preferably an ABC, CBS or NBC affiliate. We have enough news and population in So. Utah to support this I’d say. Keep up the good coverage, cause other area news sources need their feathers ruffled with competition!

  • tyler August 18, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    You guys are a legit news source for the area, we need diversity in local news as with many other entities. Your only flaw, which isn’t a big deal, is the silly weather saying “hot” when it’s only in the 80s and “extremely hot” when only 100 in the summer in STG, hilarious.

  • tyler August 18, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    Your competitors need to get their feathers ruffled, it’s good for everybody at the end of the day!

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