Bruce Kyse, who started with the Press Democrat since 1977, has worked for owners Evert Person, New York Times Co., Halifax Media, and Sonoma Media Investments. He’s been a copy editor, city editor, managing editor, executive editor and publisher.
“My favorite job at the newspaper without question was as city editor,” says the 63-year-old journalist. “You’re right in the middle of it. You’re directing traffic, you’re talking to reporters, making decisions that have an impact on the community: what to run, how they’re written; you’re just in the middle of it.”
He tells his staff in his farewell memo: “Remember that what you do every day at work means something. Our journalism is essential to the communities we serve. Our marketing services – whether in the newspaper, online or magazine – are indispensable for local business. And our editorials provide essential, thoughtful balance on local issues. Be proud of the fact that you work at a really good newspaper. What you do matters.”
Read Kyse’s farewell memo to his staff after the jump.
From: Kyse, Bruce
Sent: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 2:12 PM
Subject: Letter from Bruce Kyse
I knew that I would be writing this email someday, I just didn’t know it would be this difficult.
I have worked at The Press Democrat for about 30 years. That’s the grand total from two stints at the newspaper and means I have spent about half of my life at 427 Mendocino Ave. Like some of my fellow long-termers, I’ve been here long enough to experience a staggering amount of change in the community and at the newspaper. There have been some high moments — Annie Well’s Pulitzer! — and there have been many challenging times, especially with the dramatic industry changes and recession of the last decade.
But through it all, I have been nothing but impressed by the dedication, talent, creativity and collaboration demonstrated by all of you. The No. 1 asset of this company is the people who work here. Even on the toughest days I always looked forward to working with intelligent, conscientious and hardworking colleagues.
Another highlight has been the purchase of the paper by local investors last year. With SMI, the Press Democrat, Argus-Courier, Index-Tribune and NBBJ are in excellent hands. Steve and Darius will assure that each paper remain a powerful, unbiased source of information and voice of reason.
With that in mind, I think it’s a good time for me to take a break from deadlines, budgets and operations meetings. I will be leaving the newspaper at the end of this month. (In fact, my last day is Halloween.) I’ve been thinking about it a while now, and the timing seems right.
One final thought: Remember that what you do every day at work means something. Our journalism is essential to the communities we serve. Our marketing services – whether in the newspaper, online or magazine – are indispensable for local business. And our editorials provide essential, thoughtful balance on local issues. Be proud of the fact that you work at a really good newspaper. What you do matters.
It’s been a great ride. Thank you for all of your support over the years. Keep up the good work.
I will miss you all.