Micromedia Publications Marks 26 Years

Editorial: Our Mission More Important Now Than Ever

The first edition of The Manchester Times dated April 18th, 1995. (Photo by Jason Allentoff)

On April 18, Micromedia Publications celebrated its 26th year of operation, marked by the introduction of its first weekly newspaper, The Manchester Times, on April 18, 1995. Since then, it has introduced six more weekly newspapers, as well as our website, JerseyShoreOnline.com.

The first edition of each newspaper contained an editorial entitled “The Importance Of Community” which stressed that the strength of our society is based on “the simple associations we make in our community each and every day.” As such, the editorial continued, “We believe the mission of a local newspaper should be to promote the highest ideals of community life,” a mission we have tried to pursue faithfully throughout our journey. This mission has been aided exponentially by the addition of our JerseyShoreOnline.com website, which posts critical breaking news throughout the day.

  With the appearance of the coronavirus a year ago, which has taken many lives and devastated countless local businesses, I believe our mission is more important now than ever. Our newspapers and website offer vital resources to keep our communities informed and updated during this difficult time. Of course, this is only possible because of the dedication of our news, production and delivery people, all of whom are part of the community which they serve. it is also only possible because of the deep working relationship we have developed with loyal advertisers through the years.

  In closing, I want to assure our readers that the mission to which we have been committed will continue, hopefully for many years to come – thank you all, and please stay safe.

Stew Swann