Vol. 8, No. 9 (April 21 -28)
Remember the new-millennium hoopla leading up to New Year’s Eve 1999? It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. However, technically speaking, the global party came 365 days to soon. In a know-it-all-contrarian (but truthful) way, the new millennium didn’t start the New Year’s Eve that ushered in 2001.
It’s that way with The Contributor, too. One week ago, we rolled out a litany of improvements designed to make us sustainable while giving our vendors a much-deserved pay increase. We debuted a redesign, and implemented other behind-the-scenes, efficiency-minded changes. We rang the bell loudly leading up to the rollout, and Nashville responded yet again with robust support of our vendors and our newspaper.
But this week’s issue is where the proverbial rubber meets the road in a wonderfully meaningful way—our April 21 issue marks the first timeThe Contributor published a newspaper only seven days after the previous edition. This is meaningful because, under our old business model, the vendors would see rapidly declining sales as they spent the week selling a rapidly aging edition.
But starting today, it’s out with the old and in with the new! So, this is when our vendors can expect to gain some economic traction. Rather than sell fewer papers as the previous week, they, with your help, will feel the surge of an increased cash flow—a very real pay raise to help them continue to lift themselves a notch or two closer toward their financial goals.
On behalf of my colleagues and the 400 or so of your neighbors who currently sell The Contributor: Thank you, Nashville, for your steady support. As you know, the reward for your love and generosity follows immediately as you wave to your vendor throughout the remainder of the week. Please know our vendors reciprocate that warmth, as do my colleagues and I.
With respect and appreciation,
Editor, The Contributor
P.S. We’re gearing up for the The Big Payback on May 6. Keep an eye out on Facebook and Twitter to see how you can support us that day!