by Sam Hieb
Rhino Times publisher Roy Carroll announces that today’s print edition will be the last:
When I purchased the assets of The Rhinoceros Times, my main goal was to keep this relevant news in the hands of our readers. In order to reach my goal, I felt like the paper needed to be rebranded and updated. From day one, I wanted to take the publication to an e-paper that everyone could read online.
As of this week, we are doing just that. We are leaving the old world of print journalism behind and moving into the future with an e-paper. This will be our last print edition of the Rhino Times.
News has become a 24/7 story, and I am excited to see the continued transformation of the Rhino Times from a weekly paper into a dynamic, interactive platform for daily news updates and breaking news coverage.
Readers of the Rhino Times will be able to rely on RhinoTimes.com for daily coverage and opinions of Greensboro while gaining insider access to important Guilford County work sessions and events. The new online platform lets readers connect and interact with each other. Readers will also be able to talk to Rhino journalists through tweets, comments and online forums.
The Rhino’s existence is significant because the daily Greensboro News & Record has practically ceded coverage of city government and has definitely ceded coverage of Guilford County government. I have not been to a commissioners’ meeting in a while, but I have heard the N&R no longer sends a reporter to meetings.
As for print vis online, for years I would pick up the print edition because editor and then-publisher John Hammer would wait until Monday to post online. But when the decision to post on Thursday mornings–same day the print edition hit the streets—I very rarely grabbed a copy. It’s just the way the news industry is going–understatement of the day, I realize.