KEEP LOCAL MEDIA ALIVE
Support Independent Journalism
An Important Message from Norb Garrett, CEO/Publisher/Founder
Friends, the COVID-19 virus has affected us all and has impacted every business. At Picket Fence Media, publisher of the San Clemente Times, Dana Point Times, The Capistrano Dispatch, SouthOCSports and SC Magazine, we rely 100% on local advertising to underwrite the cost of providing award-winning, unbiased, hyper-local journalism to you and all of our readers. Those revenues pay for our operations—from our dedicated staff to all related business expenses, including printing and delivery of the newspaper and hosting our digital operations.
Needless to say, as most of our local businesses have been forced to shut down or scale down operations during the crisis, we have seen massive declines in advertising revenues. We don’t know how long this will continue, but we are committed to keeping you and our communities informed at this critical time. We’re working with our city governments and local businesses to do everything we can to help them get their messages and news out through print, web, social media and newsletters, and our small, dedicated staff is working overtime to keep you informed.
But the reality is that the lost revenues are not sustainable, and as a locally owned independent media business, we need your help to ensure that professional, unbiased local journalism continues in San Clemente, Dana Point, Capistrano Beach, San Juan Capistrano and Rancho Mission Viejo.
I’m asking you to subscribe or make a contribution today to help us continue to provide you with hyper-local news and information you can only get in the SC Times, DP Times or The Capistrano Dispatch. We’re confident we will get through this crisis, and with your help, we’ll ensure that local news and journalism continue to inform, educate and inspire you and our community.
Benefits of Becoming an “Insider”
• Special invites to SC Times/DP Times/The Capistrano Dispatch-sponsored events.
• Exclusive discounts and special offers from our partner restaurants, shops and entertainment venues.
• Insider-only “Meet and Greets” with CEO/Publisher Norb Garrett and the Picket Fence Media team.
Why Support the SC Times, DP Times and The Capistrano Dispatch?
You value independent journalism. And while SC Times/DP Times/The Capistrano Dispatch remain strong in this age of technological disturbance, we can better meet our mission if we no longer rely strictly on advertisers as our sole source of revenue.
For more than 15 years, we’ve been the independent voice of San Clemente, Dana Point, Capistrano Beach, San Juan Capistrano and, most recently, Rancho Mission Viejo. You know the difference — the ongoing impact of our work, the value to you and your family, for the community. We work relentlessly to be your go-to, trusted media source for news, politics, events, sports and entertainment. We’ve invested in our local economy by creating such critically important editorial platforms as our reader-voted annual “Best-Of Awards,” which highlight the amazing businesses and people that help shape our communities. Our staffs have broken many news stories and earned numerous writing, photography and design awards for their tireless efforts, and our websites and social channels help create forums for interaction and engagement.
We greatly appreciate your support and shared love for our amazing communities! Together, we can get through this crisis and continue to keep community journalism alive and to deliver “Local News You Can Use.”