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06/24/2022 06:00 AM

A Farewell from Editor Brian Boyd

Few people get the opportunity to be a part of something as remarkable as the publication you’re reading right now. I’ve had the great privilege of being a part of the Shore Publishing/ story for the past 22 years, starting as a reporter for one of four bi-weekly papers and now as editor of seven weekly titles, a regional website, and more than a dozen magazines. This issue marks the end of my chapter with the company.

In two decades as editor, my goal has been to keep this paper an accurate mirror of the community, sharing your challenges and successes through an era that included 9-11, the Great Recession, several noteworthy storms, and COVID. Your stories were well worth telling.

Throughout, the community has embraced this enterprise launched by James Warner and Ryan Duques in 1996, helping us to grow to better serve the community. After Shore Publishing was acquired by The Day Publishing Company in 2008, I got the chance to work with publishers Lisa Miksis and Robyn Wolcott, both of whom deeply understood the importance of hyperlocal reporting to the fabric of the towns we cover. Now it falls to our capable Associate Publisher Louvenia Brandt and a new associate editor to lead this company forward. I am confident our readers will remain in good hands.

In my time here, I have been able to partner with so many mentors, contributors, and caring community members—far too many to thank in this limited space. If you’re reading this and wondering if I mean you, I assure you that I do. Thank you.

I’m headed off to serve as editor of the Vineyard Gazette, another remarkable, storied paper whose commitment to community and to journalism reminds me of why I first fell in love with local reporting.

We’ll soon learn who will lead the news team here, and that person will benefit greatly from the same feedback—criticism and occasional praise—that you’ve offered me over the years. Please keep that coming. It’s what makes this your local paper. And I say with no small amount of pride that you’ve helped make it a good one.