Staff at Cayman Free Press and the Caymanian Compass have taken the mandate from Publisher Brian Uzzell and have vowed to re-grow the company stronger and better.
To that end, the first wave of staff has moved back in to the Cayman Free Press building on Shedden Road.
There, customers will find vibrantly coloured walls and a friendly sales staff.
The reception and sales area have been expanded to make customers more comfortable.
Once technical issues have been addressed, the remainder of the staff – editorial, production and accounts – will relocate from the cramped Graffix building at the back of the Free Press site.
Returning to normal operations is exciting.
It’s another indication that the Caymanian Compass is a strong, vibrant newspaper committed to getting timely news to its readers and advertisers.
The move was made at the first of December to become a daily, afternoon newspaper so that the freshest news can appear in the newspaper. It is not uncommon now to have stories in the newspaper that are breaking news the actual day of publication.
Newspapers are on the streets by 3pm each day to give commuters a chance to pick up the paper on the way home. Those who are accustomed to mulling over their papers in the morning with a hot cup of java are encouraged to pick up a coy of the Compass the afternoon or evening before and save it for the morning.
Subscription service has also resumed and figures show that more and more people are buying and reading the Compass daily, which is a boost to the many loyal Compass advertisers and those who would consider using this newspaper as an advertising tool.
As the several, various presses come back on line following Hurricane Ivan, Cayman Free Press will begin publishing its other offerings such as Inside Out, the Map, Key to Cayman and others. The business section The Journal made its reappearance last week and will become a monthly feature again, offering insight and in-depth analysis of and to the business community.
The Compass remains to be the only on-island printed newspaper.
Once all the staff has returned to the Free Press building an open house will be held to allow the public a glimpse of the improved facility, from brightly coloured walls to new funky furniture.
Getting back in to the main building is just another sign of the commitment of excellence Cayman Free Press and the Caymanian Compass has to this community.