Looking At the Horizon
Paula E. Kirman
Editing a community newspaper that launched in the midst of a pandemic is probably one of the most ambitious projects I have ever accepted. SPANN is now completing its first year of publishing. It has become a recognizable brand in the Stony Plain Road area. Due to the wonders of modern technology, we have been able to get the word out there through our social media, website, and e-newsletter in between our four print issues.
Community media is more important than ever. It is a way of giving voice to the concerns, events, and stories specific to an area, connecting the people who live and work there. Larger media outlets often overlook hyperlocal stories, and this precarious economy has seen many newspapers and magazines shrink or disappear altogether. Smaller papers like SPANN help fill the gap, and provide important community coverage.
This is the final print edition of SPANN for 2020. SPANN will continue for Volume Two. We are working on what format the publication will look like at the time of publishing this issue. If you use social media and do not yet follow us online, I highly recommend that you connect with us at @spannjasperplace on Facebook and Instagram, and @thespannJP on Twitter. You can also sign up for our free e-newsletter at our website (thespann.ca) for updates and website exclusives.
As always, if you have any feedback, ideas, or would like to get involved, you can reach me at email@example.com. Thank you for supporting SPANN during this unusual and challenging year. Stay safe and healthy, and have a wonderful holiday season.