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The River City News Announces Print Edition, New Ad Opportunities, New Hire

Print is dead! Long live print!

I'm so excited to announce to you, loyal readers, that The River City News now has three full-time employees and that we are about to embark on a new strategy that involves a print edition of the locally grown news you've come to expect from us every day.

First, about the new hire. Bryan Burke comes to us after several years of freelance and intern work. He is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati where he wrote sports stories for The News-Record. He also wrote high school sports stories for The Cincinnati Enquirer and blogged about the Cincinnati Bengals for Cincy Jungle for many years. You first got to know him as the contributor who covered Covington Catholic's journey to the 2014 state basketball title. He joins our team as associate editor and will focus on leading the expansion of our sports coverage while also keeping tabs on the governments of Campbell County, Taylor Mill, and Ludlow, and anything else that comes up.

We're growing, but we're still pretty small! If you have a story idea - any idea at all - for Bryan, email him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter at @RCNbryan.

Bryan joins me, your editor & publisher, and Jerod Theobald, your managing editor, as full time staff members here at The River City News.

We are also grateful to our expanding pool of talented and passionate contributors. If you are interested in learning more about freelance writing opportunities or if you'd like to pitch a column, email us at [email protected].

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So, about that print thing...

Yes, the narrative is that print is dead. No, we don't believe that. That's why The River City News is embarking on an ambitious print edition and our first issue will come out in early October as a preview of the 2014 local elections.

Here's how it's going to work: More than 40,000 copies of this 40-page publication will be directly mailed to nearly every single household in Covington, Newport, Fort Thomas, Ludlow, Taylor Mill, Bellevue, and Dayton. The issue will focus on the stakes of the November election for Northern Kentucky's urban cities, and will also introduce readers to other features we will be offering.

Best of all, the print edition comes to you. Free.

For those of you who love reading us and want the print edition but don't live in the cities mentioned, don't worry. There will be some loose copies available for pick-up at locations to be named later, and of course you'll be able to download an electronic version.

Attention Political Candidates & Businesses 

Get more bang for your advertising dollars in The River City News Special Election Preview with 100% market penetration in the Northern Kentucky urban core. If you have a business, a product, or a message, this publication is where you will want to be. There is no better advertising bargain around with this opportunity for high returns. Think about it: There is finally a printed piece that people will read in direct proximity to where your business is located!

The River City News Special Election Preview will be full of stories that our neighbors will want to read. Your message will be handled effectively and will be seen widely across the River City Metro.

Whether your budget is small or large, we have a place for you. Let's get started. Contact us at [email protected].

And - of course - The River City News website will continue to have the most comprehensive coverage of our region's urban core. It is the go-to place when you want to know what's happening here before anybody else. We have traditional and specially crafted advertising campaigns for the region's most exciting news operation and would love to have you as part of our advertising family.

Contact us today and find out why every single advertiser has renewed their contract each time it comes up, and let's get your message on your home for More Covington News Than Any Other Source! Email us: [email protected].

Thank you for your continued support!

It is a privilege every day to tell the stories of our region. Launching a news operation in this day and age is challenging but rewarding when it focuses on such a special place in the world.

These are exciting times in Northern Kentucky, specifically in our beloved urban cities as they experience a thrilling renaissance. We have been here for it for the past three years and look forward to being here and part of it for many more. 

You have watched us grow from a small blog that covered Covington City Hall meetings to the widely-read publication that we are today. We want to grow to be the in-depth, comprehensive newspaper that a region like Northern Kentucky deserves. It is my promise to you, the reader, that we will work toward that goal every single day.

We love it here and hope to be part of our region's continued success for a long time. Please, email us anytime at [email protected], and join us on Facebook and Twitter.

We can't wait to see what happens next! Hope you'll stick with us as we all find out together!

-Michael Monks, editor & publisher of The River City News