OUR VIEW: We're moving, but we will remain in community

  • Peninsula News Editorial Board
  • Saturday, April 20, 2024 1:30am
  • Opinion
The Peninsula News office building, at 305 W. First St. in Port Angeles, will soon be on the commercial real estate market. But staff will relocate to another Port Angeles building in the coming months.

The Peninsula News office building, at 305 W. First St. in Port Angeles, will soon be on the commercial real estate market. But staff will relocate to another Port Angeles building in the coming months.

THIS OLD BUILDING, steeped in history, whispers stories of bygone days.

Within its walls, presses once hummed, their rhythmic cadence echoing through the newsroom.

Crews worked, weaving together news sources, photography darkrooms, classifieds, obituaries and advertising clients.

Prepress folks brought out final proofs on full page-sized negatives that editors would hold up toward the light to review headlines, photos and captions.

This building bore witness to the intricate dance of daily newspaper creation.

Yet, technology wove its threads of change, transitioning from hot type to digital reproduction.

The media landscape shifted, prompting our business to adapt and right-size itself in response.

In the coming days, our main building, a 9,530-square-foot office space built in 1969, will be listed for sale on the commercial real estate market.

So is our adjoining warehouse, a 4,330-square-foot space built in 1999. Our property also includes 42 parking spaces in an area just less an 1 acre.

While we prepare to relocate to another home in downtown Port Angeles, we want our reiterate to our readers that the PDN is steadfast in its unwavering commitment to local journalism.

Our dedicated staff tirelessly gathers and reports the news, facilitates valued community members’ obituaries, classified sales, and empowers local small businesses to grow their business through multimedia campaigns.

We’ll continue these endeavors, albeit from an office that aligns with our current needs.

If the pandemic taught us one lesson, it’s that we can do our jobs in more than just an office setting. The hybrid nature of our work — reporting, writing and editing — can be done anywhere.

But we also want a public-facing location where readers can interact with us. Where you can purchase an ad or pay your bill. Where you can drop off a letter to the editor, a rant or rave, or a community event that we will get in the paper and online.

We are embracing the dawn of a new chapter in the PDN’s history — one where stories continue to unfold, ink meets paper, and journalism thrives.

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The Peninsula News editorial board consists of Publisher Eran Kennedy and Editor Brian McLean.

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