Chronicle to be congratulated
THIS is the top news team on the Fraser Coast.
The Fraser Coast Chronicle reporters and photographers have been covering Maryborough, Hervey Bay and the surrounding regions for 155 years
It's a massive achievement and one which today's newsroom team takes to heart.
No other organisation can put as many reporters in the field and none can match our 24/7 coverage.
Our efforts have been recognised by readers with a steady increase in our average weekly audience - tablet, desktop, mobile and print - which sits at 78,000 people this year.
It's an amazing effort.
Our recent huge push in the online world has The Fraser Coast Chronicle near the top of the ladder for reader engagement within ARM.
Our investment in the digital space is significant.
We have a new Community Engagement Editor, Hannah Baker, dedicated to helping you get your stories to our readers.
We have invested in the latest equipment to make sure our people can be the best they can be.
And navigation of our website is even more functional thanks to a new home page rolled out last month.
Having 15 editorial staff on the ground in Hervey Bay and Maryborough is not cheap.
But it's the only way to keep the community properly informed, tell your stories, and make sure you can find out what you need to know.
And now we're asking our readers to share a small proportion of the cost of bringing you this coverage.
From October 20, we will start a digital subscription model for frasercoastchronicle.com.au, where some readers will be asked to pay for some of the things they read.
Let's be clear on one thing first: We know we're more than just a news source for the region, we're an integral part of the social fabric of the Fraser Coast.
That's why no one will be blocked from going to the site and seeing crucial information if they don't want to pay.
It's a rapidly changing landscape in the news world but the Chronicle, as always, will be there first to keep readers informed and up to date.