Letter from publisher of Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers: ‘…we are not going anywhere.’

A letter from Bob Brunjes, publisher of<br /><br />
Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers<br /><br />
'Lighthouse leaving, but our light will always shine bright'</p><br />
<p>To our readers:<br /><br />
By now, many of you have heard about the merger of E.W. Scripps Co. and Journal Communications Inc., expected to happen sometime in 2015. We ran a story about a week ago in the Press Journal, posted it on TCPalm.com and it made headlines in several national publications.</p><br />
<p>Let me just say this right up front, we are not going anywhere. I will remain the publisher of the Treasure Coast Newspapers, among them the Press Journal, Tcpalm.com and the Vero Beach/Indian River County Newsweekly.</p><br />
<p>There are rumors circulating through unscrupulous sources of our imminent demise and that simply is not true.</p><br />
<p>In fact, the proposed changes in ownership won’t really affect day-to-day operations here on the Treasure Coast. We anticipate greater autonomy in decisions about the direction the paper takes to become increasingly more local in focus.</p><br />
<p>Although the terms of the merger are still being worked out, the plan is to create a new company called Journal Media Group, headquartered in Milwaukee and comprised of 14 newspapers across the country. The flagship paper will be the Wisconsin-based Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, an eight-time Pulitzer Prize-winning publication. </p><br />
<p>As part of the deal, Scripps will assume control of television and radio broadcast media from the two companies and become the fifth largest independent TV group in the country. </p><br />
<p>To be honest, the news came as a surprise and took me a few days to process. I have been with Scripps for almost 20 years, during which time I developed strong loyalty and immense pride working for a beacon of truth in an industry too often skewed by hidden agendas, hearsay and lies.</p><br />
<p>The lighthouse logo and the motto, “Give light and the people will find their own way,” were the creations of Carl Magee, a journalist in New Mexico whose weekly Independent evolved into The Albuquerque Tribune.</p><br />
<p>Magee did great investigative work, helping shed light on government corruption. When Scripps bought that paper in 1923, E.W. put the icon on all of his newspapers.</p><br />
<p>So although the lighthouse will leave Indian River County, the Press Journal’s light will shine brighter than ever as part of a company focused solely on newspapers and their 21st century digital incarnations.</p><br />
<p> At the same time, Journal Media Group presents a fresh vision with Scripps’ current senior vice president of newspapers, Tim Stautberg, who has 24 years with the company, taking over as CEO. </p><br />
<p>The new venture will have no debt or pension obligations — those stay with Scripps – and a tidy $10 million in the bank. Its revenue will be about half a billion dollars annually, producing a solid profit for the  company. </p><br />
<p>We expect to grow, not by badmouthing the competition, but by doing our very best to accurately report the news of the day and deliver it to our readers in a form that is convenient, appealing and meaningful. Along the way, we will add other small town and big city newspapers of the same ilk, expanding our newspaper family like our founders did so many years ago.</p><br />
<p>These are indeed exciting times. With more and more people turning to the internet for news and information, newspapers across the country have been in steady decline. Or worse – closed their doors. </p><br />
<p>Not so the Press Journal, which continues to be ranked one of Florida’s top daily newspapers in readership – both in print and online. And with more than 40,000 copies delivered every Wednesday to subscribers and nonsubscribers of the Press Journal, the Vero Beach/Indian River County Newsweekly is the most widely distributed publication in the local marketplace.</p><br />
<p>Our overall mission is to continue to provide award winning journalism of local, regional and state news impacting you and your loved ones. Our challenge is to keep getting better. No gimmicks. No mudslinging. No hidden agendas, hearsay or lies.</p><br />
<p>That’s because we care about the entire community – not just a single zip code or single topic. Through the Press Journal and The Newsweekly we celebrate your successes and tell your stories. It is our passion. And if you check with our advertisers, it provides real value in getting their message to neighbors who can help grow their businesses.</p><br />
<p>Last year alone the Press Journal and The Newsweekly invested upward of $330,000 in Indian River County through financial contributions and sponsorships. Not to mention countless volunteer hours.</p><br />
<p>This commitment was made by our employees who live, work and raise families here. We have forged relationships with organizations and individuals dedicated to making Indian River County a better place for everyone. That’s not going to change, that’s who we are.</p><br />
<p>We take heed when our readers voice an opinion. When they expressed a need to publish their own stories — winning seasons of intramural sports teams, upcoming charitable events, graduations, certifications and all the other wonderful everyday achievements of our residents — we created Your Newsweekly, Luminaries and other niche publications to make that possible.</p><br />
<p>The Press Journal’s coverage of the lagoon is changing the fate of the most diverse marine estuary in North America. We are making our natural resources a top priority because you — our readers — told us how important it is for our community’s future.</p><br />
<p>In the days ahead, you may hear outrageous stories about our company’s fate and future. Please, consider the source and the motive. Make your decisions based on a track record of integrity, transparency and a commitment to celebrating, honoring and informing ALL the residents of Indian River County.</p><br />
<p>If you have questions, don’t hesitate to ask. My door is always open. My email is Bob.Brunjes@scripps.com.</p><br />
<p>Our allegiance to this community will not waver. This beacon of light still shines bright, despite whose logo is on our masthead.

A letter from Bob Brunjes, publisher of
Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers
‘Lighthouse leaving, but our light will always shine bright’

To our readers: …
By now, many of you have heard about the merger of E.W. Scripps Co. and Journal Communications Inc., expected to happen sometime in 2015. We ran a story about a week ago in the Press Journal, posted it on TCPalm.com and it made headlines in several national publications.

Let me just say this right up front, we are not going anywhere. I will remain the publisher of the Treasure Coast Newspapers, among them the Press Journal, Tcpalm.com and the Vero Beach/Indian River County Newsweekly.

There are rumors circulating through unscrupulous sources of our imminent demise and that simply is not true.

In fact, the proposed changes in ownership won’t really affect day-to-day operations here on the Treasure Coast. We anticipate greater autonomy in decisions about the direction the paper takes to become increasingly more local in focus.

Although the terms of the merger are still being worked out, the plan is to create a new company called Journal Media Group, headquartered in Milwaukee and comprised of 14 newspapers across the country. The flagship paper will be the Wisconsin-based Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, an eight-time Pulitzer Prize-winning publication.

As part of the deal, Scripps will assume control of television and radio broadcast media from the two companies and become the fifth largest independent TV group in the country.

To be honest, the news came as a surprise and took me a few days to process. I have been with Scripps for almost 20 years, during which time I developed strong loyalty and immense pride working for a beacon of truth in an industry too often skewed by hidden agendas, hearsay and lies.

The lighthouse logo and the motto, “Give light and the people will find their own way,” were the creations of Carl Magee, a journalist in New Mexico whose weekly Independent evolved into The Albuquerque Tribune.

Magee did great investigative work, helping shed light on government corruption. When Scripps bought that paper in 1923, E.W. put the icon on all of his newspapers.

So although the lighthouse will leave Indian River County, the Press Journal’s light will shine brighter than ever as part of a company focused solely on newspapers and their 21st century digital incarnations.

At the same time, Journal Media Group presents a fresh vision with Scripps’ current senior vice president of newspapers, Tim Stautberg, who has 24 years with the company, taking over as CEO.

The new venture will have no debt or pension obligations — those stay with Scripps – and a tidy $10 million in the bank. Its revenue will be about half a billion dollars annually, producing a solid profit for the company.

We expect to grow, not by badmouthing the competition, but by doing our very best to accurately report the news of the day and deliver it to our readers in a form that is convenient, appealing and meaningful. Along the way, we will add other small town and big city newspapers of the same ilk, expanding our newspaper family like our founders did so many years ago.

These are indeed exciting times. With more and more people turning to the internet for news and information, newspapers across the country have been in steady decline. Or worse – closed their doors.

Not so the Press Journal, which continues to be ranked one of Florida’s top daily newspapers in readership – both in print and online. And with more than 40,000 copies delivered every Wednesday to subscribers and nonsubscribers of the Press Journal, the Vero Beach/Indian River County Newsweekly is the most widely distributed publication in the local marketplace.

Our overall mission is to continue to provide award winning journalism of local, regional and state news impacting you and your loved ones. Our challenge is to keep getting better. No gimmicks. No mudslinging. No hidden agendas, hearsay or lies.

That’s because we care about the entire community – not just a single zip code or single topic. Through the Press Journal and The Newsweekly we celebrate your successes and tell your stories. It is our passion. And if you check with our advertisers, it provides real value in getting their message to neighbors who can help grow their businesses.

Last year alone the Press Journal and The Newsweekly invested upward of $330,000 in Indian River County through financial contributions and sponsorships. Not to mention countless volunteer hours.

This commitment was made by our employees who live, work and raise families here. We have forged relationships with organizations and individuals dedicated to making Indian River County a better place for everyone. That’s not going to change, that’s who we are.

We take heed when our readers voice an opinion. When they expressed a need to publish their own stories — winning seasons of intramural sports teams, upcoming charitable events, graduations, certifications and all the other wonderful everyday achievements of our residents — we created Your Newsweekly, Luminaries and other niche publications to make that possible.

The Press Journal’s coverage of the lagoon is changing the fate of the most diverse marine estuary in North America. We are making our natural resources a top priority because you — our readers — told us how important it is for our community’s future.

In the days ahead, you may hear outrageous stories about our company’s fate and future. Please, consider the source and the motive. Make your decisions based on a track record of integrity, transparency and a commitment to celebrating, honoring and informing ALL the residents of Indian River County.

If you have questions, don’t hesitate to ask. My door is always open. My email is Bob.Brunjes@scripps.com.

Our allegiance to this community will not waver. This beacon of light still shines bright, despite whose logo is on our masthead.

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