Tech-Friendly: Someone is stealing ‘The Rock River Times’ — tell a friend to read the paper online

Paul Gorski
Paul Gorski

By Paul Gorski

Recent articles highlighted the theft of The Rock River Times from public places and the removal of the paper by public officials. See: “From the Editor: Help us stop theft of our paper, other publications,” posted Aug. 14 (http://rockrivertimes.com/2014/08/14/from-the-editor-help-us-stop-theft-of-our-paper-other-publications/) and “Conflict erupts between local publisher and county leader” from the Nov. 5-11 issue (http://rockrivertimes.com/2014/11/05/conflict-erupts-between-local-publisher-and-county-leader/).

Someone might be stealing the print version of the paper, but you can tell friends to read the paper online. Use my sample text below; copy and paste it into an email or Facebook post (darn that Facebook) to help spread the word.

Dear Friend,

I read The Rock River Times and I ask that you read it, too. The Rock River Times offers great local news, sports, and commentary from both liberal and conservative authors. The arts, music and entertainment coverage is out of this world. The paper comes out Wednesdays, but has regular news and sports updates at http://www.rockrivertimes.com. Like the paper and read the articles on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/rockrivertimes, and follow it on Twitter at https://twitter.com/RockRiverTimes.

I care about my community and so does The Rock River Times. Please read The Rock River Times.

If you think that is too much, how about:

Friend,

A Rock River Times columnist wrote a sappy, self-serving article about how great The Rock River Times newspaper is. He said the paper had great local news, especially the sports, music and entertainment coverage. Even though I don’t agree with everything I read in the paper, he’s right. It is a great local newspaper and you should read it online at http://www.rockrivertimes.com. Like and tweet the heck out of it, too.

You are reading this article online, so use email and social media to tell your friends and family about The Rock River Times, a newspaper so good that people are stealing it!

Paul Gorski (www.paulgorski.com) has been a technology manager nearly 20 years, specializing in workflow solutions for printing, publishing and advertising computer users. Originally destined to be a chemist, his interest in computers began in college when he wrote a program to analyze data from lab instruments he hard-wired to the back of an Apple lle.

Posted Nov. 18, 2014

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