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EDITOR’S DESK – Embracing change.

Dear Readers, As the Editor-in-Chief of Wreckhouse Weekly, it is with a heart full of gratitude and a vision towards the future that I pen this editorial. Since our inception in August 2020, amidst the throes of a global pandemic, we have journeyed together through unprecedented times. Our newspaper, born in an era of uncertainty, sought to provide the Southwest Coast of Newfoundland, particularly Channel-Port aux Basques, with a voice and a mirror to reflect on our shared experiences. Our coverage during Hurricane Fiona in 2022, a period that tested our resilience as a community, was a point of pride. We strived to be more than just a newspaper; we were a part of your daily lives, sharing stories of courage, endurance, and community spirit. However, the post-hurricane era brought challenges that have greatly impacted our region’s economic landscape, affecting us all deeply. The Wreckhouse Weekly has always been more than just a collection of pages; it has been a tapestry woven from the threads of our community’s stories. But, as the adage goes, change is the only constant. Our subscriber base has fallen to the point this paper is no longer viable due to reduced engagement from both readers and advertisers. The economic realities and the shift in community dynamics necessitate a re-evaluation of our role and sustainability. We understand that the essence of a community newspaper lies in its connection with its people. Recently, this connection has transformed. We find ourselves in a digital age where information is abundant, yet the intimacy of local storytelling is dwindling. We have observed a shift in reader interests and engagement. The future beckons with a different tune, and Wreckhouse Press must adapt, particularly in the age of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Our future direction is not about diminishing our past, but rather about leveraging our existing strengths in new, innovative ways. In this spirit, we are planning a strategic pivot away from the newspaper. Additionally, we are excited about the prospects of incorporating cutting-edge technologies like generative AI, which we believe can significantly benefit small and medium-sized enterprises in our region and beyond. While we navigate this exciting transition, our commitment to our community and our readership remains unwavering. We intend to continue being a platform that uplifts and empowers, but moving in a different capacity. This is not just a change in our business model; it’s rather more of an evolution of our commitment to this community and those within our existing network. In the coming months, we will share more about these exciting developments. Until then, we want to extend our heartfelt thanks to each one of you — our loyal readers, advertisers, and community leaders — for your support and engagement over the years. Wreckhouse Press may be changing its course, but our dedication to this community, your stories, and our collective future remains as strong as ever. You can always find us online (no more paywall) at wreckhousepress.com. With sincere appreciation, René J. Roy Editor-in-Chief

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