I was lucky when I finished journalism school in 1988.
I got my foot in the door of the Free Press newsroom as an intern and when classes finished on the Friday, I was able to start my career the following Monday.
A lot has happened at the Free Press and in the newspaper industry since my first reporting assignment more than 30 years ago.
Profits have all but disappeared. Reporting jobs have been cut everywhere. And far too many newspapers have had to close their doors.
But I continue to count myself lucky that I am surrounded by a core of committed and creative colleagues who still share the same dream I had when I joined this newsroom.
We want to serve this community with our journalism. We want to get at the truth. We want to make a difference.
And thanks to subscribers like you, we are fortunate enough to still be able to do what the Free Press needs to do and what you deserve.
To express that gratitude, last week we published messages from staff from all corners of our newsroom explaining what your support means to them.
This week, we'd like to take you on a tour of the Free Press to show you more of the people working every day to bring the news to your doorstep and your screen.
— Paul Samyn, editor