This post was written by Tom Knighton, a friend and owner of The Albany Journal.
In October of last year, I became the owner of a newspaper. A blogger bought a paper. It was a momentous event for mankind…or at least “bloggerkind.” Eight months later, things are rough. I won’t lie.
As a small business, we are clearly caught up in the economic mess that surrounds Albany, which boasts a whopping 9.5 percent unemployment rate. Businesses want to advertise, but simply don’t have the money to spend. In short, we’re struggling. However, there’s hope. Chase is offering a $250,000 grant for small businesses, but we need votes to qualify. So why should you care?
There’s not a single reason. However, keep in mind that I’m not asking the federal government for money. I’m taking part in what is essentially a competition in hopes that I can get the money it will take to save my business.
There isn’t really a reason I should expect you to care. But I am asking you to care. I’m just a guy, not that different from you all. I have hopes and dreams, and one of my dreams was to own a newspaper. It’s the one newspaper that I can make sure is dedicated to fighting the good fight. It’s the one newspaper that I can look at and know that it won’t be bought.
It’s my hope that folks here at Peach Pundit will rally behind me, at least to some extent. I’d like your help in keeping my business up and going. I don’t want your money, just a few moments of your time to go and click here. Login with Facebook and search for The Albany Journal, and place your vote. Your vote could help keep honest journalism in Albany.