We have been back in print for six months as of this issue, and we still are asked how much we charge for articles. This question is a surprise because we think it is unethical to charge for news. All of our stories, including restaurant reviews, are written and included in our paper without any fees.

Macon Community News on the press at Judd Publishing
Macon Community News on the press at Judd Publishing. Photo by Doug Deal.

Macon Community News is supported solely by the clearly marked ads from our sponsors. Even though we only include positive news and reviews, all of our editorial content is separate from our ad content.

With that in mind, if you would like to help us in our mission to share the positive people, events, and changes happening from around Bibb County and Middle Georgia, there are a few things that you can do.

One important thing is to consider our advertisers when you are looking for a service that they provide. Without their generous support, we would not be able to print and distribute as many copies as we do. If you enjoy the paper and want it to continue, let them know you appreciate them supporting us financially.

Another way that you can support us is to like, share and comment on our stories on Facebook. After the post office delivers the current issue, we post one story a day to our Facebook feed, ignoring weekends. The more shares, comments, likes, and reactions an article receives, the more people will have it show up on their feed. Not only do these steps help spread the word about our newspaper, they also help the subject of the story receive publicity. Thus, our good news is shared with a larger audience.

A third thing that helps us is the submissions of articles. Our newspaper has a small staff. Unlike a big daily paper of record, we do not have a sizeable number of full-time employees. This fact means that we rely on submitted stories and ideas to augment our own. These writers write about something that they enjoy about Macon and Middle Georgia and receive full credit for their published article. Such articles might be about a club, an organization, a religious group, a place or could just be a profile on a local entrepreneur and his or her business.

Finally, we love feedback. We make mistakes, and we also do some things right. We’d love to know what you think and what you would like to see printing in our pages. Just send us an email at MCNInfo@MaconCommunityNews.com or leave us a message on Facebook.

Our mission is to spread as much good news to counter the negativity found in most news sources. Any help that our readers provide makes that job easier.



Published by Doug Deal

Founder Doug Deal is a former chemical engineer from Georgia Tech who switched careers into software development at the turning of the millennium. He has lived in Macon for nearly 12 years and started Macon Community News in 2013 with his wife Lauren. His goal in starting the newspaper was to publicize positive news because he grew tired of so much negativity driving most local coverage. He has 2 children, Sam and Isobel.