11 Mar Gladstone News Celebrating 200 Editions
Gladstone News is celebrating 200 editions of informing the community.
Founded in 2002, Gladstone News was started from scratch by Bill, Liz, Erin & James Robertson, with the first edition being printed in March 2002.
During that time, current Gladstone Mayor Matt Burnett worked at Gladstone News as a journalist.
“It was a small team working in cramped conditions, we all have great memories of creating a local newspaper. We are very grateful for his contribution.” James Robertson said.
When asked what inspired the establishment of Gladstone News James said,
“We thought there was an opportunity to tell local stories in a positive way, and to provide affordable advertising for local businesses.”
James continued expressing Gladstone News’ importance to the local community,
“You can’t have a sense of community if you don’t know what’s going on around you. Gladstone News lets locals know what is going on and enables them to participate in local activities. It enables local businesses to attract more local customers thereby improving the goods and services available in town. The benefits of supporting local businesses like Gladstone News are significant, it means more local jobs.”
At the end of 2015, the Robertson family made the hard decision to sell Gladstone News to reinvent the paper in a sustainable format.
“We have lots of fond memories. We appreciate the contributions many staff members made during the 14 years we published the paper. Staff meetings were usually full of laughs and we are very grateful for all our dedicated readers.” James concluded.
Currently, Gladstone News & Elevate Media is owned and operated by Ashleigh Kvitko. Ashleigh grew up in Gympie before moving to Gladstone in 2012.
“Gladstone unexpectedly became home to me and it is where I met my now-husband, we built our first home and have a beautiful little girl. Recreationally we spend much of our downtime at Awoonga Dam, East Shores and my husband is an avid shooter so sends many a weekend at the raglan shooting club and clay target shooting.” Ashleigh said.
Gladstone News is the regions only print publication providing good news stories and community information. Ashleigh recently expanded the publication to include a real estate section and permanent sports feature.
“Owning Gladstone News is a privilege and responsibility and that in itself is my motivator. As highlighted by the recent news blackout we see negative news, bad press and false ‘stories’ in our feeds and newspapers daily and the intention of Gladstone News is to consistently and accurately fill our lives with all of the good around us.” Ashleigh said.
When asked what has been the highlight of owning Gladstone News Ashleigh said,
“seeing my staff grow and evolve in their roles, I love seeing the passion my team have in putting each edition together, I love hearing that our stories have highlighted a superstar in our community and I especially love walking into a small business and seeing the front cover they featured on proudly displayed for all to celebrate.”
In the future, Ashleigh said she sees a digital heavy publication and an even bigger print volume for our region.