Editorial: First, be a great newspaper

Aug. 11, 2014 @ 11:10 PM

The Dispatch was established as a daily newspaper 100 years ago today by P.T. Way, the president and editor. We were a four-page, 16-column daily and assumed the name of Henderson Daily Dispatch in 1915 when Henry A. Dennis joined the staff as editor.

Ownership went to Dennis, M.L. Finch and S.A. Jones upon Way’s death in 1922. Dennis and his descendants managed us into the 1990s.

In 1994, Paducah Newspapers Inc. bought us. We operate today within the Paxton Media Group.

We are one of Henderson’s oldest businesses, still committed, as we have been each year since 1914 to being the best source of news and information for the area. This is our readers’ newspaper.

Fred Paxton, who died in 2006, was the board chairman for PMG who was instrumental in guiding the media company from a single newspaper in Kentucky to more than 30 dailies and weeklies across the U.S. On the occasion of our 100th birthday, we share his words, which can be found in our conference room:

Being a great newspaper is:

• about vision, not marketing.

• about effort, not resources spent.

• about execution, not excuses.

• about coming to work anxious to get started.

• about coming to work excited to see and share with co-workers.

• about giving your best effort, always.

• about frame of mind as much as it is product output.

• about caring, for our customers, our products and services, our co-workers and not the least, our community.

• about passion for what we do.

• understanding the incredible opportunity we have to make a difference for so many folks who do not have voices.

• never taking tomorrow for granted.

Each department within this newspaper serves a critical function to the overall good of this newspaper. Each department must understand the importance of delivering every day, every publication.

Each department must understand how every other department within this newspaper can help in creating excellence.

Excellence for our customers is what this newspaper is all about.

“First, be a great newspaper” is who we are and why we exist.