On the first Wednesday of April in 2020, the Jackson Parish Journal (JPJ) published it’s very first edition to an online audience of seventeen viewers comprised mostly of family and friends. Next week the digital media source for Jackson Parish will celebrate the beginning of it’s fourth year in business.
Available for viewing at no cost through Google, Facebook, Twitter and direct email the JPJ now publishes every Sunday and Wednesday. Providing news, sports and information pertaining to Jackson Parish the viewership now numbers close to 8,000 according to the most recent statistics.
Publisher, Ben Ledbetter, is appreciative of the growth in viewership and support that has been received by the business community.
“It seems like only yesterday that the first edition of the JPJ was published as the enthusiasm and desire to be a dependable source of what is going on in Jackson Parish is as strong, if not stronger, as the first day this venture began.”
“Words simply can’t express how appreciative I am for each and every patron who views the JPJ each week and for the local business community and civic organizations that have shown their support through advertising.”
Ledbetter looks forward to the future and ongoing growth opportunities that he hopes will soon come to fruition.
“It was a big day when the JPJ went from being published once a week to twice. As the network of information continually grows, the plan is to eventually publish three times a week.”
“Plans are in the works to begin livestreaming civic board meetings and sporting events so that people will be able to see first hand what is taking place. It is also hoped that soon an increase in staff will be realized.”
The Jackson Parish Journal is one of 11 digital media newspapers under the Journal Services, LLC umbrella representing the parishes of DeSoto, Natchitoches, Lincoln, Red River, Winn, Bienville, Jackson, Webster, Claiborne and Sabine as well as Shreveport / Bossier City.
Growth continues as an announcement will soon be made that an Alexandria / Pineville Journal will begin publication with further expansion into central Louisiana currently being discussed.