Publication of Fort Knox newspaper will end Sept. 27

From The News-Enterprise

The weekly newspaper serving Fort Knox will cease publication this month.

A front-page article in last Thursday’s edition of The Gold Standard announced the decision. The Sept. 27 paper will be the final print edition after 70 years of operation under three names.

The Public Affairs Office said it “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.”

Ryan Brus, a public affairs officer on post, said locally produced news coverage primarily will be available at www.army.mil/knox. Items also will be shared on Fort Knox’s homepage, which is www.knox.army.mil, with social media sites on Facebook, Twitter and Flickr continuing to be utilized.

Since its inception as Inside the Turret and later simply Turret, the newspaper serving Fort Knox has been produced and distributed under a contract arrangement with The News-Enterprise and its predecessor, The Elizabethtown News. Following the conclusion of Fort Knox’s primary mission as Home of Armor, the name was changed in February 2012 to The Gold Standard to reflect the post and the paper’s commitment to excellence.

“At the end of this month, a decades-long relationship between The News-Enterprise and Fort Knox will draw to a close as the final print edition of The Gold Standard rolls off our printing presses at our production facility in Elizabethtown,” said Chris Ordway, publisher of The News-Enterprise. “During periods of conflict and peacetime, we’ve been honored to have played an important role in the delivery of post-related news, information and feature stories on and off post at Fort Knox. The decision to bring the print edition to an end was a difficult one for all involved. Changes in readership habits and business circumstances driven by changes in missions on post impacted the marketing viability of the print edition of The Gold Standard.”

In addition to eliminating a product familiar to thousands, Ordway acknowledged the personnel impact.

“I would be remiss if I didn’t recognize and thank the many current and former employees and delivery contractors who have been involved with our work in producing and distributing the military weekly across Fort Knox and through the network of news racks and counter stands in and around Hardin County,” he said.

 

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