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Rotary Report: New Kid (newspaper) on the Block!

Tribune staffers (from left): Danny Yoeono, Hannah Hatch and Gerardo Recinos at the Wednesday, March 9, 2016, meeting of Martinez Rotary. (PAUL CRAIG / Courtesy)
Tribune staffers (from left): Danny Yoeono, Hannah Hatch and Gerardo Recinos at the Wednesday, March 9, 2016, meeting of Martinez Rotary. (PAUL CRAIG / Courtesy)
By PAUL CRAIG
Special to the Tribune

Martinez has a new newspaper – the Martinez Tribune. The paper has by now been around long enough that most of us know it and read it. It’s the brainchild of three people: local businessman Nader Eghtesad, co-publisher Erin Clark, and Mike Alford (who would believe it! We hope you’re doing well, Mike, wherever you are).

The Martinez Tribune is off to a rousing start. Four staff showed up at Martinez Rotary to tell us about it. Danny Yoeono took the lead.

Danny’s a graduate of Alhambra and now goes to Diablo Valley College (DVC). He was active in Interact at Alhambra High School, and is active in Rotaract at DVC. Interact, for those few of you who don’t know, is Rotary’s high-school presence; Rotaract is Rotary at college.

Gerardo Recinos is a sports buff who graduated from SF State and has sports in his blood. He aims to cover everything sports related for the Tribune. To do so, he asks for community participation, particularly when there are simultaneous events (send photos, scores and other information to grecinos@martineztribune.com).

Hannah Hatch, coming from a well-known Martinez family, knows the town. Her focus is community and arts. Hannah had special words of praise for Artcelerator – which is fast putting Martinez on the Contra Costa art scene. Hurray! Arts are good for business.

Co-publisher Erin Clark watched her proteges putting on the show. They’re great; Erin made a good decision to give them stage center.

Danny Yeono explained the Tribune’s niche. The paper is dedicated to the proposition that there’s a place here for a small local newspaper that’s intimately connected with the community. The paper has lots of local news and a local calendar. A “Town Talk” (public forum) section is coming soon.

The Martinez Tribune currently comes out once a week on Friday with a press run of 31,000. It’s available on the street and by subscription.

It takes a lot of courage to open up a newspaper in this complex world where many print media outlets are struggling. The Martinez Tribune is taking a new and different tack. Their approach looks good to me. I hope and expect it’ll succeed.

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