An Important Message From the Houston Press

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Dear Friend,

First of all, thank you for supporting the Houston Press.

Clearly, without our readers we couldn’t exist, couldn’t continue telling you stories that might otherwise have gone untold.

Right now we are dedicated to keeping you informed about every facet of how the coronavirus is affecting our community. This isn’t the first time we’ve all faced adversity. And just as we did during and after Hurricane Harvey, we will continue to report on how you and your neighbors are doing, getting through hard times and going beyond them. We remain #HoustonStrong.

We know you’re experiencing the financial, social and emotional stress caused by the coronavirus. So are we. As local businesses have been forced to temporarily close or cut back, our advertising has suffered. Everyone in our company has taken significant pay cuts, and we’ve also had to lay off colleagues. None of us knows when things will return to normal, or even what normal will look like.

But we’re writing to let you know that whatever happens, we intend to be here to serve the readers, the advertisers and the many other partners who’ve helped us in our mission to provide an independent voice for the people of this great city.

We think that independent voice is even more critical today. We’re willing to bet that you agree. In fact, based on the web traffic we’re getting on houstonpress.com for our coronavirus coverage, we can see that you do. It’s gratifying to see that so many people in Houston rely on us to stay informed, and we want to keep it that way.

Yes, Houston, we’re still online, just a key-stroke away from you, bringing daily reports in food, news, music and the arts.

We want to continue to be part of your life. So that’s why we’re writing: to let you know that we’re still here. Our editor, publisher, reporters, photographers, salespeople and business office employees are on the job, keeping the Houston Press going and doing the work necessary to get you the news. And our digital marketing specialists stand at the ready to help businesses across town weather the crisis and bounce back once the clouds have cleared.

We’ll stay in the fight. Let’s do it together.

Margaret Downing

Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.

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