Capital Region woman keeps the news going

December 01, 2017 09:18 AM

Meghan Phalen is under deadline. In newspaper jargon, she's putting the paper to bed. As editor of the Greenwich Journal and Salem Press for the past three years, the news has been her life since she bought the publications from the previous owner.

“He bought it to save it but after he bought it, he found it wasn't his cup of tea,” Phalen said.

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The paper's fate and history was in flux.

“I love the paper, it’s 175 years old, and I love the community and support. We can't let it go,” Phalen said.

She bought it and there was a learning curve.

“It's a puzzle and I have to move things all around once I get it in here to see how it looks,” she said.

Ownership means she also inherited the bulky archives which line her home office. They document the history of Greenwich and surrounding areas. Inside are vintage ads, the events of high society, and the impact of slavery.

But today's readers demand less controversial news, Phalen says

“Local, positive events,” she said.

The big story this week was the tractor parade.

“The tractor parade in Greenwich has been our claim to fame,” she said. “I'm actually going through all the photos.”

There is a police blotter way in the back of the paper. Bad news does happen in Greenwich but the paper dosen't interview relatives or pursue leads.

In a year that has seen the media slammed by everyone, Phalen says people in Greenwich are big supporters of her paper and her hard work to keep it going. She was recognized this year by state lawmakers with a Woman of Distinction Award.

Phalen says she thinks the founding fathers would be happy to see the papers still going.

Phalen's daughter helps deliver the papers.


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