Explorer to cease publication
Today marks a milestone in the 13-year history of The De Soto Explorer.
After more than 670 issues, the publication will cease production of its weekly newspaper.
“Newspapers everywhere are going through difficult times, and it’s no different here.” said John Taylor, group editor for The World Company, which publishes the Explorer. “After much discussion, we made the very difficult decision to cease publication of this weekly paper. In the end, our revenues could not sustain the expense of publishing the newspaper in the manner our readers came to expect.”
But the end of the printed edition doesn’t mean the end of the Explorer’s coverage in De Soto.
The De Soto Explorer will be venturing into a new form of Web-based community journalism. The new desotoexplorer.com will strive to be the voice of the De Soto community. Leading the effort will be Estuardo Garcia, a journalist with five years of experience with The World Company.
“The goal of our daily news blog will be to reflect the city’s great schools and diverse community by bringing the reader into the conversation,” Garcia said. “Not only will we want you to be a part of that conversation, but we also want you to be our guide letting us know what and how you want the news covered.”
The Web site will take advantage of the latest in multimedia, including photos, audio and video as well as downloadable documents, to tell stories about the community. The new medium will allow the news to get out to the public much faster than in print.
The new desotoexplorer.com will also use social media to connect with and deliver information that is important to the community. News from The Explorer also can be found on Facebook at facebook.com/desotoexplorer and on Twitter at twitter.com/desotoexplorer.
“Although we hate to see our weekly paper’s demise in De Soto, we are excited to bring this new brand of journalism to De Soto,” Taylor said. “We hope it will fill the news cravings in De Soto on a daily basis.”
Two of the Explorer’s writers have found homes at other World Company newspapers. Elvyn Jones, the Explorer’s long-time editor, will move to The Mirror in Tonganoxie. Ashlee Kieler, education reporter, will be working full-time for The Shawnee Dispatch, but will still cover some school news in De Soto USD 232.
Subscribers to The Explorer print edition will be offered the option to switch their subscription to a Sunday home delivery of the Lawrence Journal-World or a receive a refund.
If you have any questions for Garcia or just want to chat, please call him at (913) 585-1616 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.