Story last updated at 6/24/2009 - 10:45 am
The Capital City Weekly was "born" on October 8, 1980 as an eight-page Thrifty Nickel. For those of you not familiar with Thrifty Nickels, they are "shoppers" consisting of only ads, with no editorial content except perhaps the occasional crossword puzzle.
As you turn the pages of this now regional newspaper, you can see that this week's 48 pages are filled with lots of entertaining stories, columns and features.
Interested in local and regional news? We've got that. Is outdoor living in Alaska what you're fishing for? That's covered too! Love puzzles, comics and movies? It's here! Want to know what's happening and when? You guessed it: Yes, it's here.
The paper looks nothing like it did those many years ago. However, two things remain the same. It's still entirely supported by local businesses and it's still free.
As a child, one of the lessons my mother instilled upon me was that nothing is ever free. Hey Mom, thanks to the many businesses that use CCW to reach thousands of readers each week, CCW is still free!
Business owners and managers also enjoy reading the CCW. It seems most folks realize the value of their local community papers.
Advertisers know that you're looking for fun and informative local content. They are also aware that you pick up newspapers to see their advertisements.
According to a recent shopping study conducted by MORI Research, 52 percent of consumers say newspapers are where they go to check out advertisements.
With CCW you get it all. Entertainment, games and you can plan your shopping! Who doesn't love to shop?
For additional free fun, be sure to check out Spotted at capitalcityweekly.com. Share your photos with the world. If we choose one of your photos to be printed in the CCW you'll be a winner. Come by our office to claim your prize.
Our July 4th special edition hits stands next Wednesday, July 1. Be sure to get your free Alaska flag and on the flip side you'll find a calendar of all the July 4th activities. Join us as we help Alaskans celebrate our 50th year of statehood.
With our 40-plus pages each week, it's clear. The people and businesses of Southeast Alaska have spoken. The Capital City Weekly is going to be here for a long time.
We're planning our next 29 years! It's your Weekly, what do you want to see? Visit www.capitalcityweekly.com and tells us!
Remember, the next time you're in one of the great businesses you've seen in the Weekly, be sure to say, "Thanks for my free Capital City Weekly!"
Laura L. Newsom is the general manager of the Capital City Weekly. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.