Happy Birthday to the RoundTable

Once upon a not-so-distant past 20 years was the measure of a career. Not these days. People are living and working much longer. Still, in an age when 18 years is the average lifespan of a business, 20 years is a remarkable achievement for a community newspaper that had its beginnings in a basement on Simpson Street.

People who cared deeply about Evanston’s unique character and believed in its vision saw a need and decided to do something about it.

From its beginning, the bi-weekly paper’s mission has been to inform and give voice to all of Evanston’s residents about “what matters most” in their community.

Over the years the editors and staff have worked hard to reflect and do just that, keeping current with the City’s happenings and providing an ongoing forum for its readers’ responses and concerns.

From the broader issues of environment, diversity, preservation and progress to matters of racism, law enforcement, budget and building permits, the RoundTable has reported the news and unhesitatingly offered its opinions and insights.

The business of City Council, as well as the School Boards, has been a priority for keeping residents aware of what really matters. Community and cultural events are always of interest and a calendar of the City’s happenings is essential.

Getting all of that and more to press and delivered on time is a challenge that 20 years have not diminished. Every edition is its own adventure.

A community newspaper needs a community of editors, managers, sales people, writers, photographers, graphic designers, proof readers, interns, and many others, especially its advertisers, to exist.

And it needs something more for longevity: integrity, credibility, creativity, and a sense of pride in those who make it happen. The RoundTable’s offices on Florence Avenue are home to such a community as well as that “something more.”

For the past 20 years the RoundTable experience has been remarkable. Its staff – people who clearly care about their City have invested time, energy, and skills to help improve the quality of life for all segments of the community.

Being even a small part of that mission and a truly dedicated staff has been its own reward.

So light the candles and wish the RoundTable well.

Evanston deserves and needs an informed community to keep its vision clear and its future bright.