OPINION: We are here to stay

"REPORTS of my death have been greatly exaggerated."

Gympie Times readers might not know that one of the great quotes attributed to legendary American writer Mark Twain is not quite accurate. He said something similar, back in 1897, but it has been amended over time.

Why is the quote, and the inaccuracy, worth pointing out today? Because rumours of the death of this masthead are also greatly exaggerated. And because communities continue to need what we do; seek the truth about the stories that happen where we live.

The owner of The Gympie Times, APN, announced this week that it wants to sell its regional publishing arm, Australian Regional Media. We are part of that chain.

It is likely to happen because the millions of readers we collectively attract through print and online, and the tens of millions of dollars that goes with it, will be irresistible to someone.

And why would anyone buy that rich resource to close it, as some of our mischievous rivals have suggested?

The Gympie Times has served this region for 148 years.

Yes things change. More people now read us on mobile phones and computers than in print. But that means we have more readers than ever.

They read because we are the best way to find out what happens in this community. And because we care.

Whether APN or someone else owns us, we are NOT closing and your printed paper will still be around for a long time to come.

Gympie Times

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