Pulp, not fiction: The persistence of print

by Tianna G. Hansen, Asst. Editor

In an age where nearly everything has turned digital (and as a community, we have lately transitioned to a very virtual existence by necessity), the persistence of print remains evident.

I personally covet hard and paperback copies of books more than staring at yet another screen; though the benefits of e-books are tried and true, I have yet to transition (even as a Millennial who owns a Nook, now rudely out of date) to choosing e-books over the experience of smelling pages, flipping through to note my progress and salivating over the way ink looks. My husband is constantly laughing at the way I read a book, because it’s not just about reading to me – it’s experiencing.

The experience isn’t any different than the thrill I feel on press day when our papers are published at Times Publishing Newspapers, Inc. That fresh smell of newsprint straight off the press is unrivaled. The bright flash of colors on the page right in front of you, the ability to touch (and often taste, ha!) the stories. This is what we are all about here, and what we have maintained for 25 years, nearly 26 now. We take pride in bringing our print papers in front of you; we take pride in being a trusted news source in our community.

And as a family business, we continue to endure and survive through a pandemic—no small feat for any business, as any owner will know.

Now feels like a fitting time to revisit a bit of our history and what makes Times Publishing Newspapers, Inc. stand out from others in our industry. Today, we are 10 hyper-local newspapers published monthly throughout Bucks County, built on the dream of our Publisher, paper by paper.

It began with the Morrisville Times (if you ask Donna, she’ll tell you, smiling, that she sold and designed ads, took photos, wrote articles, and published the paper completely on her own – with a baby on her hip, no less). The newspaper continued to grow, and Donna added more territories, bringing Mark on board as Editor.

While it’s never been simple, it’s always been worthwhile. We’ve had to make some transitions as we’ve survived the past two years, but we’ve managed to keep our heads above water and dedicate our papers to the heart of what matters: you.

To us, it’s always been about community. We are the “good news” – the backbone of what makes a community strong; what keeps us going when times get tough. A light that shines when the rest of the world seems very dark. We continue glimmering, shining our light for others to follow. A leader of the pack in many regards, we have held to our small business traditions, supporting and upholding nonprofits and the foundation of what keeps a community together and moving strong.

I am proud, as Assistant Editor who also manages some other parts of the business, to feel like an integral part of this business and its growth, but I am never prouder than I am when I admire the way Donna, as our Publisher, has pivoted (and continues to do) throughout this pandemic; she pirouettes through times of personal struggle, and she makes it appear easy. She does what I believe not many others could ever do, and she is someone who deserves all the recognition owed.

“As a newspaper publisher, I take responsibility for what is delivered to our 324,000 readers in Bucks County,” Donna says. “We are the heartbeat of the community, delivered to your homes.”

Times Publishing was honored at Bucks County Economic Development Corporation’s 62nd Annual Meeting last month for our commitment to expand the economic base in Bucks County. We couldn’t be more honored and continue to look ahead at a future of serving our community and giving you our very best.

I’d personally like to give a standing ovation to Donna Allen, Publisher, as well as her partner-in-business (and in life) Mark Allen, Editor. They both have taught me priceless lessons, about life as well as business, in the four years I’ve been privileged enough to grow alongside them. Thank you, especially and most of all, for enduring and keeping us all afloat!

It’s pulp, not fiction after all: the persistence of print.

PHOTO CAP: Tianna G. Hansen, Asst. Editor

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