Owner, editor insist "The Uranus Examiner" will be a legitimate newspaper

Published: Sep. 19, 2018 at 5:27 PM CDT
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The name of the new newspaper in Pulaski County made headlines in The Washington Post, The New York Times, and even The Sun, a newspaper publication in the U.K.

Last week, managing editor Natalie Sanders said it was going to be a real, legitimate source for local Pulaski County news despite the name,

The Uranus Examiner.

On Wednesday, Louie Keen, the owner of the Uranus attraction who is bankrolling the new paper, worked to ease some hesitant minds.

"If I don't put out the best newspaper that's ever been put out, then I'm going to be run out of town as a fraud."

Keen and Sanders announced they will have eight full time reporters writing for the paper, covering local sports, county commission meetings, city council meetings, and community events.

There will be a six to eight page section used for "entertainment" and advertising, and breaking news type stories will be featured on their newspaper's website.

"We're a weekly, obviously we're going to be a week behind," Keen said. "We're going to send this thing to print on Tuesday. So we can't cover what's on Wednesday. If something's breaking in town, it'll be on our website."

The first edition of The Uranus Examiner will be printed on October 25th, with 45,000 copies going to mailboxes in Pulaski County, Rolla, and Lebanon.

The paper will then use the next two weeks for public feedback and interest.

Then, the paper will go into it's weekly publishing schedule on November 15th with only 13,000 copies being mailed to Pulaski County residents.

I asked if Sanders is worried about her journalistic reputation, and the reputations of the reporters she has hired for her staff if this newspaper ends up a sideshow, like the museum located at the Uranus attraction.

"I don't think there's any concern about her reputation because she's going to put out a serious newspaper," Keen said.

"Obviously I wouldn't have staked my reputation and my integrity in all of this on something that I didn't believe in, and people who know me here know that," Sanders said.

After some name calling by Keen, Waynesville Mayor Luge Hardman wrote on Facebook, "I spoke up and said I don't want my community to be viewed a certain way and to be publicly ridiculed. I have not changed my opinion. I have no further comment to the nonsense."