By Ryan BrusSeptember 5, 2018
It is bittersweet to announce that 'The Gold Standard' newspaper's last edition will be Sept. 27.
The Fort Knox newspaper has been the primary source for information on all things Fort Knox for so many people for so many years. What's more, special and talented Soldiers, Department of the Army civilian employees, contractors and contributing writers have dedicated significant time, expertise, creativity and effort in producing a professional and quality weekly newspaper out of an earnest commitment to serve the community. That's a legacy of which all who have been a part should be proud.
Moving forward, the Public Affairs Office aims to build upon that legacy of excellence as we evolve with the Information Age in how we deliver timely, meaningful and effective command information content to our audiences. So, what exactly will this look like?
Locally produced news coverage -- announcements, columns, news stories, images with captions, and more -- will continue to be a mainstay. The major difference, however, will be the ways in which the content is disseminated and shared. The primary landing spot for Fort Knox news will be at www.army.mil/knox. In fact, this site is already live and includes new featured content. Its digital platform is nested with the Department of the Army's and provides a consistent and familiar look for many. It's also easily navigable, mobile friendly and contains an RSS feed for those who wish to receive updates when new content is added.
Items published on the site will be shared on Fort Knox's homepage (www.knox.army.mil) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/FortKnoxKY), Twitter (www.twitter.com/FortKnoxKY) and Flickr (www.flickr.com/photos/fortknoxky) platforms to reach a wider audience in telling the Fort Knox story.
Perhaps the greatest change pertains to how quickly items being covered will be published. Same-day and next-day will now be the new norm so that people can depend on Fort Knox's aforementioned communications mediums for the latest information on notable Fort Knox events and activities.
Certainly, this all represents a new way ahead in communicating Army priorities and reaching Fort Knox audiences in increasingly relevant and effective ways. What will remain, though, is the tireless devotion to providing the very best in coverage and telling the Fort Knox story. Again, it's about upholding the legacy of -- as 'The Gold Standard' Editor Eric Pilgrim rightly puts it -- "Coverage of excellence. Excellence in coverage."
As always, those requesting coverage of Fort Knox events or wishing to provide story ideas or announcements can still call the Public Affairs Office's writer/editors at (502) 624-1095/1097.