After 10 weeks in his new role at The Times Media Co., Publisher Chris White said his company continues to work diligently to be the region's local source for news.
White gave a presentation Tuesday to the Munster Club of Rotary International at Munster’s Centennial Park.
“If you take away anything from my talk today, please know that The Times is your newspaper,” White said. “I have worked with 65 newspapers over 20-plus years in my career and I continue to be impressed with the level of community involvement at The Times. If there is one thing I have learned in my 10 weeks with this organization, it is that we have worked diligently to be the region’s local source for news, and that determination is reflected in our numbers,” he said.
A native of rural Oklahoma, White comes to The Times from Canton, Ohio.
"I am proud to be part of a newspaper that ranks as the largest community paper and third or fourth in the Chicago area. We are in 51 communities in our region, produce four editions daily, and reach 85,000 to 91,000 people daily through print and 60,000-plus daily online through our website and 23 community sites,” White said.
Currently, readers of The Times can receive The Times in print, online and through mobile devices, White said.
“We are two years ahead of our debt schedule and our stock is doing well,” White responded when asked about the financial stability of The Times. He explained that through a series of expense reductions and digital services, the organization will continue on that positive financial trend.
White also commented on changes in the industry and the movement toward digital reporting in response to questions from the crowd.
“Real change has happened in our industry,” White said. “While we don’t think we will see the end of the printed paper in our time, there is a movement toward receiving the news in real time. We have seen, and I believe will continue to see, increasing numbers of people who demand their news via their mobile devices. We will continue to understand and meet that challenge if we want to remain competitive.”
White said The Times intends to continue its tradition of being a consistent source of factual, reliable and trustworthy reporting.
“It all comes down to our involvement in the community, which we feel strongly about and will continue to pursue,” White said. “The One Region movement ... speaks to our commitment to our community, and that will not change.”
White went on to describe two of the 16 public service task forces The Times is involved in that illustrate the organization’s commitment to the region.
“One thing is for sure. This is our community, too, and we are dedicated to being the local source for news in our community.”
White brings with him from Canton, Ohio, to Northwest Indiana his wife and three of his four children, who range in age from 7 to 21. The family will live in Dyer.