To be honest, I had nagging self-doubts when I was conceptualizing this publication project, given that everyone seems to have an opinion on the fate of traditional journalism. Amid the rapid surge of the Internet and the growing influence of the social media, I’ve heard it buzzing around: print is dying; print is dead. Ugh, was this project a fool’s errand?
I’m from the brave old world, forever grateful to Gutenberg. I still take pleasure in the texture and smell of ink on paper, a reminder that the stories are real, not a fleeting hashtag or a mere digital simulation of reality.
My generation couldn’t have all gone extinct. So I decided I’d give it a shot anyway—even just to satisfy my curiosity and test the market. So, in October 2016, we launched the maiden issue of the Pacific Island Times, in partnership with Palau’s Pacific Note, armed with conviction that there is room for independent journalism, bereft of corporate and political influences.
The Pacific Island Times/Pacific Note team is composed of veteran journalists, whose goal is to fill the gap in regional reporting through long-form journalism, thorough research, opinions and news analysis. Our advertising revenues are reinvested into building our print and online content.
Despite the challenges that confront any startup business, we have been gaining more trust from our readers and receiving more support than we expected. Our print and digital subscriptions as well as online readership are growing.
This October issue is a celebration of our milestone. One year!
But those in the business of print publications don’t have the luxury of complacence. Common business sense requires us to make a critical examination of our chances at fur