News From Terre Haute, Indiana

June 17, 2013

MAX JONES: For loyal readers, a bit of news from the T-S newsroom

Max Jones
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — As journalists toiling to create a content-rich, relevant and compelling community newspaper each day, we feel a special bond with our legions of readers across the Wabash Valley and beyond.

With approximately 20,000 paid subscribers and tens of thousands more actual readers, we respect that so many of you are spending your hard-earned money and devoting valuable time to consume the information we produce. What’s more, we appreciate the support you give your newspaper as we strive to serve your needs and meet your expectations day after day, week after week, month after month. I would like to think that a community cannot exist without its newspaper. But I know that a newspaper cannot exist without its community.

Thank you for being a loyal reader.

Through the years, I’ve occasionally tried to keep readers up to date on new developments or projects concerning the Tribune-Star’s news and features content or involving our newsroom staff.

I have a few items to share with you today. As always, please let me know if you have questions or comments.

For the past 10 years, we’ve published biweekly essays by Andrea Neal, former editorial page editor of the Indianapolis Star. She currently is a teacher at a private school in Indianapolis and serves as a columnist for the Indiana Policy Review Foundation, a conservative think tank that produces original research on state public-policy issues.

Andrea is a talented writer with extensive knowledge and valuable insights into issues of the day. She’s also a bit of a historian, which we’re about to find out.

Beginning Thursday, her essays will focus on Indiana history. In observance of the state’s upcoming bicentennial, Andrea will produce 100 columns between now and December 2016 that describe Indiana’s most significant historical events.

This will be exceptional reading and we’ll all be able to learn lots more about our beloved state.

Doonesbury comic strip creator Garry Trudeau is on hiatus this summer to devote himself full time to his latest venture into the media frontier — original programming for streaming video. He is developing a political comedy called “Alpha House” that will appear on Amazon Prime. It stars John Goodman as one of four Republican congressmen sharing a house in Washington.

We’ll hear more about the series as its launch date approaches. Meanwhile, “Doonesbury Flashbacks” will appear in his usual daily and Sunday space. New strips will return after Labor Day.

You’ve probably seen a new byline in the Tribune-Star during the past week. We’re excited to introduce readers to Dianne Frances D. Powell, who joined our staff as a general assignment reporter on June 10.

Since moving to Terre Haute, she has worked as an instructor at Ivy Tech Community College and produced freelance pieces for print and digital publications.

Dianne earned her bachelor’s degree at Indiana University-South Bend and a master’s at Ohio University.

We’re thrilled that she’s part of our staff and will be sharing her talents with our readers.

Max Jones can be reached at 812-231-4336, or by email at Follow him on Twitter, @TribStarMax.