New publisher takes helm of Times
August 27, 2008 · Updated 4:29 PM
MARYSVILLE With more than two decades of newspaper and print experience, Stuart Chernis expresses a passion for community journalism.
Chernis will take over Feb. 8 as the new publisher of The Marysville Globe and The Arlington Times. He replaces Kris Passey who will be stepping down after 10 years as both publisher and former owner of the papers.
People want to read about whats happening in a five-mile radius around their houses, said Chernis, 52, in explaining his approach to community journalism.
Chernis believes community papers should carry local information that simply cant be found elsewhere. In contrast, he argued much of the news in daily publications could be found from several other sources, including radio and TV.
Chernis arrives in north Snohomish County after a roughly nine-month stint as publisher of the Federal Way Mirror, a twice-weekly publication.
Like The Times and The Globe, the Mirror is owned by Sound Publishing Inc.
Talking again about keeping local papers local, Chernis mentioned some changes he made to the Mirrors editorial page.
Chernis said the Mirror had a group of rotating columnists writing on various topics including national and even international news.
We eliminated that, Chernis said, stating he wanted columns on local issues and adding his intention is to take the same approach in dealing with The Times and The Globe.
Drawing from his years of experience, Chernis also talked about what he said was one of his favorite neighborhood or community-oriented stories.
The piece involved an elderly couple who walked regularly to a neighborhood grocery store. They noticed a lot of litter along their route and eventually took it upon themselves to pick up the trash and dispose of it with the help of the store. Chernis noted that the couple hadnt won a grant and werent putting up any new buildings.
It was just people making a difference in their community, he said.