2003-01-04 / Editorial/Opinion

Pushing The Envelope

Pushing The Envelope

Looking back on 2002, we are very excited about the level of success that The Wave has attained. We cannot remember a period in the paper’s history where so many people, in and outside the Rockaway peninsula, have responded to news stories, features and columns that were written. We experienced a tremendous surge in advertising, Internet readership (250,000 a month), and letter/Email volume that has been unprecedented. The introduction of new columnists, controversial stories, and our local and national sports section has helped take us to a level that many say is comparable to the daily papers. A Seattle, Washington resident stated the following in her recent Email: "I love the paper. It has really improved. It’s a weekly, but it reads like a daily. I look forward to reading it online each week." Award-winning journalist from the Daily News and Newsday (Warren Woodberry and Merle English) wrote Rockaway stories that The Wave broke at least a month or two in advance, which says a lot for our team of reporters. We recognize that our success is also attributed to the fact that we push the envelope in presenting hard news (pedophile priests and rogue cops), features (The Urban Entrepreneurs Series and Pictures and Punchlines) and columns (Boyle-ing Points and From The Editor’s Desk). We were willing to ruffle a few feathers and provoke thought in many of our readers, and you responded…bigtime! Many of you loved us in 2002, while others wanted to run us out of town on a rail. Regardless, the fact of the matter is numbers don’t lie, and many of you were reading The Wave more than at any point since its inception. We thank you for your role in making the paper such a huge success last year. In 2003, we will continue to push the envelope in order to bring you what we consider to be the most compelling, hard-hitting, and dynamic weekly in New York City.

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