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Bright future for Truth

Wednesday, 20th January, 2021

(From left) Advertising representatives Meghan Brimstone, Ruby Eckert with Acting Editor Emily McInerney and Lead Graphic pre-Press Operator Tarod Gray. PICTURE: Emily Ferguson (From left) Advertising representatives Meghan Brimstone, Ruby Eckert with Acting Editor Emily McInerney and Lead Graphic pre-Press Operator Tarod Gray. PICTURE: Emily Ferguson

By Emily McInerney

This time last year, I was in Fiji with a little bean in my belly. The COVID virus was a far off flu that wouldn’t reach Australia’s shores. 

But it did. And with it brought about many changes in 2020.

March came along and unfortunately the short demise of the paper, but with thanks to general manager Gavin Schmidt and former local Robert Williamson’s determination, they were able to get the paper up and running again.

The next nine months was turbulent for the paper. 

Staff were trying to find a way to work in the crazy new world where life as we knew it no longer existed.

In many ways you can say the BDT clawed its way back.

We were running again.

We’ve been overwhelmed with community support and can’t thank locals enough for wanting to see us continue.

It hasn’t been easy, we’ve lost a lot of good staff in that period. 

Staff who had worked for decades upon decades for the Truth and were ready to put their feet up. 

Staff who had upskilled during lockdown moved onto other jobs.

There were many promises of when life would get back to normal.

While COVID is still very much present, the Truth now aims to deliver withmany more changes will to put in place over the next 12 months.

Advertising Manager Samantha Ragenovich and her team will be there to continue to greet customers with a smile. 

Tarod Gray will be leading the creative team of graphic designers who make the paper look so good and I will be acting editor for the editorial department, although the hardworking journalists need very little help from me.

The first change the Barrier Truth will be introducing is a new Customer Relationship Management system that will streamline our services and make it more manageable.

As well as upgrading our technology, we will be looking to bring about a state of the art website that will be accessible for all generations.

Customers will see some new faces around the office, but there will be a lot of familiar faces as well.

We have a new Operations Manager joining the leadership team soon, who will be driving the technology and CRM implementation.

We are asking for understanding during this period of transition.

We aim to continue to provide a wonderful paper that will keep locals informed and entertained.

Any suggestions on what we can do to further achieve this goal are always welcome. 

Feel free to email editorial@bdtruth.com.au. 

We appreciate any feedback and always love a good story tip.

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