YES! Weekly: The next phase

by YES! Staff

This issue marks the first since our founding nine years ago that Brian Clarey is not the editor of YES! Weekly.

Brian brought a barroom raconteur’s spirit to the job, with a tireless drive towards networking with the artists, mayors, entrepreneurs and street people who color the landscape in our three cities. His ability to draw out sources through moxie and warmth set the standard here. His leadership was distinguished by loyalty to not only editorial staff, but also members of the sales team and art department.

In many ways, Brian personified YES! Weekly. We wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors.

The staff is leaner, particularly in the editorial department, but we’re essentially the same paper. Yes, there are fewer hands on deck, so consequently we are streamlining content and simplifying. Whether a newspaper has a staff of seven or 20, the essential charge is to manage resources efficiently to deliver the  best value to readers.

We’ve earned your trust with informative, thoughtful and fair coverage that scrapes beneath the surface.

We remain absolutely committed to uncovering news about how power is brokered in Greensboro, Winston- Salem and High Point, sketching trends in urban development, and holding local government accountable while bringing to life the players and the plays.

Our value proposition is not just hard news. We cover culture every bit as aggressively as we track the activities of city council members and developers. We’ll be here week after week writing about new restaurants that push the envelope on immigrant culinary traditions, local sourcing and innovation; about new galleries that give expressive voice to the region and incubate new commerce; and about music from near and afar that distills joy and pain in new ways that sustain our spirits. We’ll continue to give you the heads-up on worthy and interesting film and theater in the region.

We’ve pared away some features (10 Best, Found Objects, Served and the YES! List) and consolidated others (Bidness folds into Scuttlebutt), while taking a more fluid approach with the cover well. Hey, we might bring any or all back if we take a notion or get additional assistance in the editorial department. And our lines are open if you want to share your views on what you like or don’t like.

We’ve earned your trust with informative, thoughtful and fair coverage that scrapes beneath the surface. We’ve shown that even the smallest publication can leverage its resources to produce timely and hard-hitting investigative reporting that helps uphold the basic contract of democracy by empowering citizens to make informed decisions.

All of us have worked hard to build that reputation, and we take pride in our work. Have faith in us; we won’t let you down.

YES! Weekly chooses to exercise its right to express editorial opinion in our publication. In fact we cherish it, considering opinion to be a vital component of any publication. The viewpoints expressed represent a consensus of the YES! Weekly editorial staff, achieved through much deliberation and consideration .