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National Newspaper Week is Oct. 3-9

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Learn about your local newspaper, The Monitor

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CEDAR CREEK LAKE–In honor of National Newspaper Week we take this opportunity to provide an in-depth view of your local paper, The Monitor. When most people think of a newspaper, they picture a bustling office filled with the sounds of printing in the background. A large staff may come to mind, whether they are in office or out on assignment gathering pictures, data and conducting interviews. While some of that is true, there are misconceptions about your local community newspaper.
The Monitor is a community newspaper that covers the entire Cedar Creek Lake Area and strives to continue the legacy of local journalism. The Monitor is published twice weekly and includes a free mid-week publication of The Lake Area Leader along with seasonal magazines Discover (summer and fall) and Health and Wellness.
In our Mabank office, you will not see a large staff bustling about a newsdesk as movies portray about newspapers. We have a staff of 11 in office employees not including our route driver and distribution staff. There is one person per department per day, except our editorial department, which consists of the Managing Editor Ashlee Sawyer, Sports Editor Bodey Cooper and a part time Reporter Russell Slaton. With a small staff, it is important that events, meetings, fundraisers and presentations be scheduled as soon as possible. We often coordinate our editorial staff a month in advance, sometimes two months for busier times of the year, events, fundraisers and meetings.
Our design and layout team consists of two people who handle separate aspects of the publication. Our Graphic Artist Shaydi Clary and Paginator Donna Graham, work diligently to build and design your newspapers every week. Clary and Graham also assist in the production of The Monitor’s sister paper, The Terrell Tribune and Terrell Update. Our Director of Sales and Advertising Janice Grubbs-Vincik uses her 20 plus years of experience to manage the sales of advertisements for the entire Cedar Creek Lake area. Have a new business in the area or upcoming event? She’s the one to call to help you advertise and get the word out.
Our Accounting and Legals staff which consists of Amber Curtis and Kathryn Conner work diligently alongside our front desk receptionist. Depending on the day, you may see Shirley Pfister or Casey Reneau at the front desk. These ladies set up garage sale ads, for sale ads and handle subscriptions. All of our hard work is overseen by our General Manager Stephanie Evans who manages all publications under the ownership of Media One LLC. and Van Zandt Newspapers LLC.
As the news evolves it changes how we cover and how we report it. Social media and website design have become huge factors in journalism and reporting. Both social media and website design is provided in conjunction with our print editions.
You won’t find national news in our newspaper, because we aim for local, community news. Billy Joe turned 100 years old this week, the Chamber of Commerce is hosting a car show, a small city is hosting a fall festival, a young mother was attacked in her home and a city is passing an ordinance. That’s the type of community news we strive to provide our readers both in print and online.
When you pick up one of our papers or even our Discover Magazine, remember that a small staff that is local worked diligently to provide you accurate local news and informative stories. We thank you, our readers and advertisers for your support of local journalism.

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