CENTERS: While others cut back, we are offering you more

The Reflector is taking another big step this week with the debut of our new Magazine.
Joe Centers
Dec 5, 2012


I've been asked many times recently about the fate of The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer. It appears some changes are in the offing, and the seven-day delivery will probably be a thing of the past.

Just like in Detroit, where the two daily newspapers are delivered to the home just three days a week, look for the same to happen soon with The Plain Dealer.

The question I get is this: What would that mean to the Norwalk Reflector? Is less competition good or is the demise of a big-city paper the start of bad things for everybody in the business?

I have no answers. I will say this: It is a sad day when any newspaper either closes or cuts back. I remember back in the early 1980s when the Cleveland Press just closed one day. The Plain Dealer was the morning paper. The Cleveland Press came in the afternoon. It was a perfect combination, until times got tough and the Press just couldn't make it anymore. Competition among newspapers is a good thing. No competition leads to complacency in any business.

Go to any store in Norwalk and look at all of the papers. Usually you can find six daily newspapers on the rack -- Norwalk Reflector, Sandusky Register, The Plain Dealer, Toledo Blade, Lorain Morning Journal and USA Today. Go down to the southern part of the county and you'll also find the Ashland Times Gazette and the Mansfield News Journal.

There is plenty of competition for newspaper readers.

Here is how The Plain Dealer publisher Terry Egger and editor Debra Adams Simmons described their situation:

"Ours is not an "either/or" decision between print and digital," they said in an open letter to their readers. "We must do both.

"We do not have a specific plan, timeline or structure for Cleveland. But we will -- very soon. We have the opportunities to capitalize on the tremendous strengths of The Plain Dealer, Sun News and, which are all under the Advance umbrella.

"We also have a chance to be even more useful and responsive to an audience that in recent years has migrated to digital platforms -- looking online, on mobile devices and tablets for news and information we previously provided only in print."

We have no plans at the Norwalk Reflector to cut back on any of our printing time, but we have been devoting tons of time and effort with our website, Along with and, we are the leading news provider in the region. From an up-to-date news feed to live sports broadcasts, you can get your news 24/7 from anywhere.

We are taking another big step this week with the debut of our new Magazine. Magazine, the popular Sandusky Register/Norwalk Reflector weekly high school sports publication, is going all digital for the winter sports season.

Beginning Thursday, Fandy will be delivered to email in-boxes throughout the five-county coverage area. Registration is free. Go to to sign-up. All you need is a valid email address.

"We are excited about the opportunity to expand our reach beyond print to electronic devices like tablets and smart phones," Mike Greco, Reflector sports editor and Fandy content manager said. "People expect to be able to access their news when and where they want it, as soon as it's available and that's where the new Fandy magazine will shine."

This is an ever-changing business and we want to be in the front of the line with what we offer to our readers. While other newspapers are talking about cutting back, we are giving you more.

Give the new Fandy a try. I think you will like what you see.


Joe Centers is the Reflector managing editor. He can be reached via e-mail at


Cliff Cannon

I certainly am grateful to the 'Norwalk Reflector' for not only being a very fine smalltown paper,but also for the constant eFFort's you folks put into keeping the 'Reflector' ahead of the rapidly changing newspaper curve.

However, I do have a complaint to register: The Reflector " encourages 'letters to the editor' " correct? You also clearly state those letters can/will be edited,true? So obviously, any concerned citizen who writes,knows going in,their words can be "edited".

Which ( correct me,if I am wrong) should mean helping puncutation,cutting an extra word here and there or correcting spelling errors,true ?

" Editing" should not be a license,to add the editor's words or worse ---to destroy--- what the concerned citizen wrote to wit: I had an essay "starring " Thomas Jefferson as well as Huey Long in yesterday's paper. So where was Huey Long's part which read:

" Yet, folks always need inspiring leaders to remind them they are ‘un-common’. And few were ever better, at inspiration then “The King Fish” Huey Long. Mr. Long, of course became a legend battling corruption, racism, selfishness, building bridges and lifting the tired spirits of the “Depression” era folks. Even today, his belief that “every man is a king” is lived out by successful leaders (coaches, teachers, C.E.O.’s, etc) everywhere.
For once, leaders realize that -----everyone has a special talent--- that they are just aching to use. The “team” get’s a whole lot better, doesn’t it? Which is not to say, Mr. Long didn’t have to a major problem; Arrogantly, he thought he was cool, didn’t he? Correct me, if I am wrong, the moment a person thinks their cool----they ain’t. So….."

Knowing my intentions,( to attempt to inspire leaders) I can safely say----YOU CUT THE HEART OUT--- of my essay and that ain't " editing" that's Bull Dung ! Of course,if it was the first time,the heart of an essay was cut out,I would be considered a whiner for such a complaint. However,it isn't. Which leaves me to wonder; How many suFFer this same injustice ?

Further,I ask you to throw my essay's away,when someone obviously doesn't like them. (As opposed to letting a paper boy or cleaning lady "edit" them as you apparently did on this last one)

After all, like any concerned citizen who's been " encouraged" to put their words in your paper. I can look stupid enough on my own. I certainly don't need an essay destroyed to help me.

P.S. Despite my complaint.The Norwalk Reflector truly is, one heck of a great newspaper.


@ Mr. Centers:

Way to go; give 'em more for their dollar.


@ CC:

Thanks for the heads-up, I missed it.

IMO, they "edited" for length. It still reads OK.

I and a couple of my friends visited N'Oleans and other parts of LA in the early 70s. I LOVED IT!

Great food, sights, sounds, music and did I mention great food?

I ate chicken gumbo, jambalaya, red fish, blue crab, crab cakes, shrimp, etc. OMG!!!!

Today, IMO, I can cook some "mean" Cajun. Blackened catfish is one of my specialities (with the trimmin's).

Still don't like the "mud bugs." Too little meat for too much work.

I went back in early '08 and it was depressing. There were still people living under bridges.

I don't think that they could have repaired it any sooner, 'cause 90% of the population evacuted to Houston, Baton Rouge and elsewhere and many never returned.

Someone once said that it was the first time in recorded history that a country spend billions of dollars in order to rebuild a slum. IMO, there was a sliver of truth to that.

Cliff Cannon

@ Contango: Thanks for response. I agree with you the essay "reads o.k." ( still....)I also,agree that like a teenage girl's at a slumber party---I talk too much.

Yet,leaving out Huey Long takes away the real meaning of what I was after---inspiring leaders,in what ever venue they lead in. After all if " every man is a king" where can one go but up?

New Orleans,itself is o.k.,certainly the food is amazing. You probably flew in,which would enhance the trip considerably. While,obviously,I drove and let me tell you swamps do not provide for building smooth roads. So picture riding a bucking bronco across the city and there you have it's major problem.

Furniture closed in '08 so like you,that is my last visit. I too saw many impoverished people. I also remember the east side of town being basically empty,waiting to be tore down. (Which was very creepy)and wondered if N.O. will ever be fully back?

Certainly,river city's have a 'natural' seediness about them that New Orleans,turned into a tourist attraction. Truly hope,that some how, some way, that seediness' that in turn spawns the slums you refered to.Can someday be transformed into a safe and prosperous place for all to live in.

Again,here's rooting for the teachings of men like Jefferson and Long to be used often,so those Americans,who learn from them can live better lives.

P.S. Do you think my whining complaint was to much ? If so,I would apologize for it


@ CC:

"Whine"? Nah. You're a Romantic - comes with the territory.



@ CC:

Nope. Drove. We came across Lake Pontchartrain at night. The sky was clear and awesome!

Drove down to Grand Isle and also spent a few days in Thibodaux.

We were coming off summer break and had about 10 days before we had to head back to school.

We all worked in factories over the summer in order to help pay for college - this was our reward.

Sadly, they're both gone now.

Cliff Cannon

@ Contango: Sounds like an amazing trip you had " Sadly,they're both gone now" Sorry to hear about your friends.

Since,you went down to Thibodaux. I'll bet all that you came across Pontchartrain on the " Causeway" bridge which splits the middle of the lake and is totally cool to drive.After crossing the lake about 4 miles in front of you( on the way to Thibodaux) would be the Huey Long bridge.Which just might be the narrowest 4 lane bridge in the USA

Of course,as you'll testify to the fact, that area more than New Orleans is where the french speakers are.In fact,I bet one can make the case that U.S. 90 between N.O. and Lafayette should be renamed the "Cajun corridor"

In traveling Louisana with all it's bogs,bayou's, swamps and rivers one can not help but be impressed by the bridge building it has taken to make that state accessible by road.

In fact,one of my favorite bridges lies between " Red Stick" ( Baton Rouge) and Lafayette. It is some 20/25 miles long over bayou,swamp,gators,snakes,etc. Which brings me back to Huey Long

Being from Royal Oak,Mi. where his great allie Father Couglin preached from.My 5th. grade teacher made sure I was a Huey fan.

So when I started touring La. and seeing what it took to build those bridges as well as read more on the battles he fought( corruption,rascism,etc). I became even more impressed with him. Then,of course for the political junkie is there any where more colorful than Louisana in politics ?

Obviously,when Huey got cut from the essay,I was filled with grief. Thankfullly,once again you came along to discuss it with me. In the process,I learned you can cook cajun as well as got to enjoy a small piece of the journey of a lifetime for 3 college kids to New Orleans. So I geuss,I actually owe "the boss" lunch or something for taking the scissors to ol' Huey.

P.S. Threw you a nice slow fat pitch with the banner headline from Andrew Jackson and you didn't swing at it. Bummer :)

swiss family

I thought you were supposed to stay ON topic????


Talks too much

Cliff Cannon

@2sense: "Talks too much" If you mean me. Guilty as charged. Of course,when I am 'talking too much'.It is normally on an article like this one,where nobody else is commenting, as well as it has no meaning in the grand scheme of things.(although it is fun to poke "the boss" here :)

So hopefully,someone who hasn't had the chance to travel to New Orleans. Or someone who enjoy's historical trivia or someone like "Contango" who has traveled to N.O. will get a chance to share their adventure, then we all can enjoy the moment.( Obviously,those not interested won't read it)

Where you won't see me commenting or 'talking to much' is on important topics like the school board cuts or buying a fire truck to name 2 current ones. For a simple reason:I know nothing that could help those discussions. Does that make sense?

Great day to you