The Greenwood Democrat will be moving its office within the Times Record building in Fort Smith later this year.
The newspaper will vacate its current location at 38 Town Square Street, where it has been located for many years, to combine resources with its sister paper, the Times Record, at 3600 Wheeler Avenue in Fort Smith.
Greenwood Democrat Publisher Summer Aina told the staff last week, and reinforced that the focus and goals of the paper would not change with a new physical location.
“Our mission is to serve and report on the Greenwood area,” Aina said. “From schools to politics to sports, we will continue to report news and features that are important to residents of Greenwood.”
The paper’s commitment to local news coverage will not change. Regular readers of the paper will not notice a difference in the quality that they have come to expect. “I will be at all the events I have attended in the past,” said Greenwood Democrat Editor, Dustin Graham. “I will be at the council meetings, school board meetings and Friday night football games.”
The move is part of a larger effort to combine and develop the Community Newspaper division of the Times Record, all properties of Gatehouse Media.
“Our community focus will not change, and we will be equipping reporters and account executives to work in the field,” Crystal Costa, Senior Group Publisher, said. “We understand the need for our staff to be in Greenwood daily. However, all of our newspapers have to be extremely efficient with resources. By combining under one roof we can better provide our Community Newspaper teams with additional administrative and sales training support that they don’t currently have on a daily basis.”
Other newspapers that will also move include the Charleston Express, which is currently housed out of the Greenwood Democrat office, and the Booneville Democrat.
“Our goal is to be stronger, more efficient and more innovative as a whole team, even as our internal groups - like the staff at the Greenwood Democrat - have different areas on which to focus,” Costa said.
The physical move is slated to take place the last week of December. Readers and advertisers can still reach the Greenwood Democrat staff by calling 479-996-4494 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Greenwood Democrat, which started as the Greenwood Argus - has been serving South Sebastian County for more than 135 years, making it the oldest newspaper in Sebastian County.