THE END OF AN ERA AND THE BEGINNING OF A NEW FUTURE
FOR 50 YEARS, the Madison Jewish News has been a vital resource bringing our community’s news into households free of charge throughout South Central Wisconsin. This beloved periodical initially called the Monthly Reporter, has kept people connected to the Jewish Federation of Madison and the broader Jewish community in Madison since 1969. The paper has shared our community’s simchas and condolences, upcoming events, program highlights, photos, and news of interest. So, it is only after significant discussion and consideration that we decided to discontinue publishing the paper in its current format after the February issue and shift our communication efforts differently.
The landscape of communications is changing. Embracing the future direction with all of its new opportunities and possibilities will create better connections. People are increasingly consuming their media digitally. Enhancing our digital communications will enable us to reach beyond our current mailing listing and serve even more people, previously unreached people. It allows us to continue to provide the content found in the Madison Jewish News, but more timely and immediate.
We’re looking forward to the ability to have two-way communication with the community that digital offers, rather than the one-way communication of print. And we’re inspired by the innovative potential to explore (think video, podcast, online articles). We will still be in touch throughout the year with periodic print direct mail pieces (for example, a High Holy Days resource newsletter and event postcards).
As we embark on this exciting new endeavor, we would like to take a moment to thank all of the people who have been an integral part of the Madison Jewish News over the years. The production of each issue was in no small part due to the efforts of many who faithfully contributed content and helped proofread. We are so thankful for the hard work and partnership from all of the Jewish community organizations, congregations, and individual volunteers. We would also like to thank our generous advertisers and sponsors whose commitment provided crucial financial support. And a big thank you to our publisher who always went above and beyond making sure the paper got printed and delivered. It does take a village to produce a community newspaper.
Last but not least, we are grateful to you, our readers. What would a paper be without its readers? We hope you will join us in celebrating the contributions that the Madison Jewish News has made in our community and continue to stay connected.
We know that some community members may not be able to access digital content, so please call us at (608) 278-1808 for alternative accommodations if needed.
Stay tuned for updates as we further develop our community communication resources and offerings. Questions? Contact Anne Shlimovitz, Director of Communications, firstname.lastname@example.org.