As a kid, I loved reading the newspaper. If I’m being honest, I loved looking at the cartoons in the San Antonio Express- News or at the pictures in the Pleasanton Express. Regardless, I loved having the paper in my hand just like my grandpa and dad. As I grew up and began my first job at a local convenience store, I found myself reading every page, front to back, of the Pleasanton Express when it came out on Wednesdays. I eagerly waited for that delivery person to come in those early mornings and I would immediately grab one.
I’m proud to say that I work for the best small-town newspaper with the best team of journalists … and we ARE the best.
That’s why I’m encouraging you to subscribe to the Pleasanton Express this summer. We are a team of journalists, photographers, graphic designers, proofreaders, etc. dedicated to giving you the best, most accurate news in Atascosa County. With traveling opening back up, it’s easy to subscribe to the Pleasanton Express and take us anywhere with you this summer. For just $40, you can get a print subscription delivered to your door and a FREE E-Edition on your phone, tablet or computer. Our E-Edition is simply the print edition in a digital version, making it easy for you to travel and keep up with local happenings in your hometown. Just visit www.pleasantonexpress.com/ subscribe/.
Why am I telling you all of this? Because rather than picking up a copy of our paper every Wednesday, checking our website, subscribing to our news updates or the simple act of checking our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, I always see people looking elsewhere (i.e. gossip pages) for the scoop on what’s happening instead of checking YOUR local news source.
We at the Pleasanton Express live your stories, Atascosa County.
Just Monday, our Sports Editor Sam Fowler literally ran down Hwy. 281 from in front of Pleasanton City Hall down to the Dairy Queen following a high-speed chase through town. We tag teamed to get the scoop to you as quickly as possible and trekked through about 4 feet of tall grass. And the footage Sam got was spectacular! Within an hour, we broke the story on our website and social media in correspondence with Pleasanton Police Chief Ronald Sanchez and his team. Four hours later, I saw a post in a local chat group asking what happened with that same chase, a person I know for certain follows the Pleasanton Express very closely, yet failed to either check our sites or trust our reporting.
To those of us who work at the Pleasanton Express, that was a shot to the heart. Why wouldn’t you trust your local news source? Why go to a gossip site for your “factual” news?
Our county preaches about supporting local small businesses, yet when it comes to getting the most accurate news and YOUR stories, we fail to support our local newspaper, a family-owned business that’s been around since 1909 and is currently run by the fantastic Noel Wilkerson Holmes, a Pleasanton High School graduate.
Sorry for being so “extra, extra” on you this week, but you know us newspaper people …
REBECCA PESQUEDA is the News Editor of the Pleasanton Express. You may reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.