For the Troy Daily News
TROY — Residents in Troy and the Miami Valley have an award-winning paper that is published six days a week, all year long.
Melody Vallieu, editor of the Troy Daily News and Piqua Daily Call and David Fong, Regional Sports Editor, spoke to Troy Rotarians during the club’s Nov. 28 meeting, sharing a history of the publication and providing an update on the new ownership by AIM Media.
When Vallieu and Fong each began their careers in journalism, it was as reporters for local papers. Today, Vallieu is the editor and Fong heads up the sports coverage. As the years have passed, and online readership has grown, the head count at the paper has dropped. As a result of fewer staff, Vallieu and Fong are willing to accept news and updates from local organizations, provided the information is balanced and accurate. As editor, Vallieu must determine what to publish to maintain the paper’s standing in the community.
During their tenures, they have witnessed several changes in ownership the paper. As of earlier this year, AIM Media acquired the Troy Daily News, along with several dozen other local papers. Vallieu and Fong shared that the changes have been positive and supportive, especially the editorial creativity AIM Media encourages to get the news out by deadline, which is 10 p.m. The paper will maintain its focus on current, local stories, news, events, and programs.
The hard copy paper is printed in Miamisburg and shipped to the Miami Valley overnight. Papers are delivered every day but Tuesday. A Rotarian asked if, under the new ownership, they might resume publishing a Tuesday edition, returning the Troy Daily News to a seven-day-a-week publication? As of today, no decision has been made by the new owners. To learn more, visit www.tdn-net.com.
Troy Rotarians and the Troy Rotary Foundation support several community projects annually. During the 2016-17 Rotary year, over $16,000 in scholarships and community aid was distributed from the fund.
The Troy Rotary Club is a member-involved, goal-oriented service club focused on socio/economic issues that have an impact both locally and internationally. Follow the organization’s activities on Facebook at Troy Rotary Club. To learn more about Rotary and membership in the club, visit www.troyohiorotary.org.