Thursday, March 6, 2014
The Gazette, Goose Creek’s hometown newspaper for over three decades, is expanding.
Beginning with today’s issue, The Gazette’s circulation has been increased by over 8,000 home-delivered copies, bringing its total distribution to nearly 20,000 each week.
The Gazette will now be distributed to virtually every residence in the city’s 29445 zip code. The dramatic increase is a response to demand for the newspaper, especially in areas that have not been covered in recent years by its circulation footprint. The increase coincides with the newspaper’s plans to keep up with Berkeley County’s unprecedented growth, as well as its projected growth for the years ahead.
Those plans include an increase in the number of reporters on the ground in Goose Creek and Berkeley County, a new website, an increased social media reach, as well as more local sports, news and features.
“I could not be more pleased to invest our company’s resources to better serve our rapidly growing reader base in Goose Creek and Berkeley County,” Summerville Communications Publisher Steve Wagenlander said. “The Gazette’s primary mission remains to be the preeminent source for local news and information in the area, and this expansion allows us to more fully serve that mission. “
“We are committed to serve this community, to be its voice, and to keep our readers informed,” Gazette Editor Frank Johnson said. “I am thrilled that Summerville Communications has shown such confidence in this city and its newspaper.”
Summerville Communications is made up of The Gazette, The Independent in Moncks Corner, and The Journal Scene in Summerville.
“This is an exciting time to be here,” Johnson continued. “We want The Gazette to be the best weekly newspaper in the state, and this is a huge step in that direction.”
Summerville Communications Advertising Director Chris Zoeller said the increase is good news for local advertisers.
“Goose Creek is in heart of one of the fastest growing counties in the United States,” Zoeller said. “Businesses are growing all around us as well, so it’s important that we offer a solution for our advertisers to reach this evolving community.”