The Perry-Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday morning at the downtown offices of ThePerryNews.com, capping a successful first year for the city’s favorite digital media source.
About 25 members of the local Chamber, family members and well wishers of the online enterprise gathered for coffee and sweet rolls prior to the ribbon cutting. President Lee Coons, Past President Samantha Smith, Treasurer Susie Moorhead, Director Matt May and Executive Director Bob Wilson were among the Perry-Area Chamber of Commerce leadership attending the event.
“One year and 1 million website views is quite an accomplishment,” said Wilson, “and we wish you continued success. Keep those police reports coming.”
ThePerryNews.com was founded in the spring of 2015 and has quickly become the area’s leading source for local news and sports. Editor Jim Caufield thanked his fellow business people for their support over the year and expressed gratitude to the ThePerryNews.com’s contributing writers, who have been a large part of the online newspaper’s success, he said.
“Ray Harden, Laura Stebbins and Doug Wood deserve special thanks for their generous articles,” Caufield said. “It takes a village to make locally owned media work, and we couldn’t have done it without you and without all our readers in the Perry area.”
Sports Editor Jeff Webster noted the rapid growth of ThePerryNews.com from its modest beginnings in February 2015.
“Readers like the quality,” Webster said. “That’s really been the key for us. We’re fast and accurate, and people like that. They want their names spelled right. They want the stories to make sense. We deliver a high-quality product. It’s really just that simple. Advertisers would be well advised to call us if they want to reach their target demographic.”
Webster has been covering high school sports in Iowa for more than 25 years for several newspapers. Caufield studied journalism at Iowa State University and worked for many years as a college English teacher.
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