The North Platte Bulletin
The Bulletin began in the basement of a house in an original section of North Platte, with 2-3 determined people working on rickety computers.
The paper quickly attracted an experienced staff and soon grew to become one of the largest weekly print papers in Nebraska, with a website that is updated each day.
We take pride in being an independent source of news and information. We believe it is important to provide information objectively, so readers can make up their minds. We are long on news and short on opinion. Mixing news with opinions, which has become part of the process in broadcast news media, dilutes the value of professionally presented news and information. We don’t go along with it.
Readers tell us our approach and consistency are refreshing.
The North Platte Bulletin is a part of North Platte’s history. It was a letter to the editor in the Bulletin in 1941 that led area residents to start the famed North Platte Canteen that served more than 6 million servicemen during WWII.
The North Platte Bulletin began April 13, 1932 as a tabloid, four-page shopping guide. It was sold to two North Platte newspapermen in 1937 and became the leading paper in the city in the early 1940s. It was sold to Joe Seacrest, co-publisher of the Lincoln Journal. Seacrest also purchased all the stock in the North Platte Telegraph and combined the two papers into the Telegraph-Bulletin in 1946. The Bulletin name was dropped from the Telegraph nameplate in 1966, but the Telegraph retained ownership of the name until 1996.
We revived the North Platte Bulletin April 17, 2003 — 57 years after it merged with the Telegraph.
Since we started, North Platte has been the only Nebraska town outside of Omaha and Lincoln with two competing print newspapers, a situation that is unique in the entire country.
In addition to our high-quality print edition, our award-winning website www.northplattebulletin.com is one of the most frequently visited in Nebraska.
The print edition of the Bulletin is sold all over Lincoln County and mailed to 22 states nationwide.
The print Bulletin quickly became popular after it was launched, reaching nearly 12,000 readers weekly. We believe the paper became popular due to flexibility, heritage, honest news coverage and unbiased reporting. The philosophy has differentiated us from newspapers that dedicate the majority of news space to non-controversial, impersonal news.
The print edition of the Bulletin has been recognized by our peers for excellence. The Bulletin has earned more than 70 Nebraska Press Association awards in reporting, design and advertising. In 2004, our first year of eligibility, the Nebraska Press Association awarded the Bulletin 23 awards for excellence. In 2005, the Bulletin was recognized the top newspaper in the Class A category of weekly newspapers in the state. We have received NPA awards for hard news reporting, graphic design, agricultural news, advertising and website content.
The website is the most popular and innovative website in central and western Nebraska, consistently receiving nearly 1 million page views a month.
On any given day, the Bulletin website contains more than 200 active news articles, editorials, sports and agricultural stories.
We’re all about North Platte, Lincoln County and west central Nebraska. We are not afraid of controversy. We also respect folksiness, an integral characteristic of the West.
The Bulletin is known for digging beneath the headlines to bring readers the whole story. While some newspapers seem to publish shorter and shorter stories, the Bulletin puts each story in context. From the beginning, we have sought to be the “choice of smart newspaper readers.”
The Bulletin was twice featured on the nationally televised CNN’s Newsnight with Aaron Brown — Feb. 18, 2004 and May 12, 2004. We have been featured in the Omaha World Herald, on KNOP-TV in North Platte and NTV in Kearney.
Our news stories and opinions have frequently been republished by other news media as well as civic and government organizations. We have been reprinted in the Congressional Record, in the constituent newsletter of U.S. Congressman Jeff Fortenberry, in a California State University textbook, the Nebraska Television Network, the Cattle Business Weekly, the Omaha World-Herald, the Lincoln Journal-Star, the McCook Daily Gazette, Nebraska Statepaper, the Associated Press, ESPN, Trains magazine, The Nebraska Sheriff’s Association and the nationally syndicated News of the Weird.
The Bulletin is active in fostering creativity, entertainment and arts in the community. We keep abreast of community artists and all kinds of entertainers. In addition to organizing downtown music shows, we have hosted an Open Mic Nite twice each month since 2005. We have been active in the city’s Rail Fest and County Bluegrass celebrations, always seeking to provide opportunities for emerging musicians and artists.
Our archives contain a vast amount of information about North Platte, Lincoln County and the state, accumulated in news reports and photos, based on our knowledge of the area.
The Bulletin was launched in April 2003 by Frank Graham, Greg Hood, Laura Johnston, George Lauby and Bob Gambs. At that time, Graham had nearly 30 years of newspaper experience in all phases of production; Johnston had nine years experience, mostly as an editor; and Hood and Lauby together had more than 16 years.
Over the years, Lauby has become the publisher and editor. He now has more than 20 years experience in the news business, most of them as an editor and received state awards for news coverage and photography. He is experienced in graphic arts, advertising and business administration.
Our current staff consists of Graphic Artist Darla Golden in design, Layout Manager Martin Owen, Sports Editor James Parrish and Advertising Representative Floydene Dressel. Mark Lewis, who was an award winning graphic artist in the Bulletin’s early years, recently rejoined the staff in advertising and applies his considerable talents as needed. Alexandra Oberg is our bookkeeper as well as a fine reporter. Tray Sorenson is our web developer. Nancy Michaels is our lead proofreader. Paula Richardson works in news. Ray Olson is in circulation. A handful of dedicated volunteers pitch in as needed; we appreciate them more than we can say.
Most of all, we appreciate our readers and work hard everyday to provide them with unbiased news and information.