From the Editor: January 2019

For as long as I’ve been the editor of Cary Magazine, I’ve had conversations about the supposed decline of print media.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard variations on the theme: The future is digital. No one reads actual magazines anymore. Why are you wasting your time working in a dying industry?

My response to these well-meaning inquiries is similar to the famous quip by Mark Twain: “The report of my death was an exaggeration.” Magazines are not only alive and well, but hyper-local publications like Cary Magazine are actually thriving.

For proof, look no further than Main & Broad, a new publication dedicated to covering the booming towns of Holly Springs and Fuquay-Varina. The first issue will be out in February, with stories about local restaurants, small businesses and the people who make Southwest Wake County a great place to live, work and play.

Giving this rapidly growing area its own publication makes room for Cary Magazine to dig deeper into the distinct issues facing Cary, Morrisville and Apex. It is my goal that this new focus will enable us to better explore what makes this part of Western Wake unique. In 2019, you can count on more stories about area small businesses along with our outstanding food and lifestyle articles.

I admit that part of Cary Magazine’s mission is to encourage readers to buy local and eat local, both powerful ways to support our friends and neighbors. Another piece of that mission is to build understanding and community pride through compelling images and engaging storytelling.

These are ambitious goals for a community publication, but working toward them keeps me optimistic and passionate about the future of this so-called ‘dying industry.’

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