Foreword editor THT May edition 2014

The Huaraz Telegraph: One-of-a-kind, and something Huaraz can be (and should be) proud of!

Last year when we celebrated our first anniversary I wrote the following:

Looking back at the beginning of The Huaraz Telegraph I am so glad I gave it a go. Though this paper is not the only English newspaper in Peru, I still come across many people that are surprised to find out that Huaraz has its own English newspaper. Constructive criticism has made this paper better over time, and now it is even more interactive than before. The Huaraz Telegraph has been criticized in the past, but I know my place very well; I am an amateur, and proud of it. Previously I had neither the experience nor any clue how to make a newspaper, and on revision I still believe we did the best we could. Now it’s time to take steps to make The Huaraz Telegraph a household newspaper. I apologize for all the grammar and spelling mistakes made to date, but with the help of more proofreaders we should be able to minimize the errors, and with the help of enthusiastic volunteers, this paper will look more professional than ever.

Well, one year on I believe that we have taken the right steps to make The Huaraz Telegraph a household paper. Not only have we interacted more with our readers, we have been featured on the local news. Thanks to this newspaper, your editor got the opportunity to host a television programme on a local television network, and in doing so was given the opportunity to explain the purpose of The Huaraz Telegraph, (unfortunately I still need to remind some people that it´s for the good of the town), because at first glance some of our articles might not cast a favourable light on Huaraz. We have printed many stories since 2012, some positive and some negative. For instance one of the first articles covered the famous Santa Cruz trek that was affected by a landslide, and as the author I was accused of being responsible for the downfall of Huaraz. In 2013 the May edition of The Huaraz Telegraph reported that Huaraz-based agencies gave incomplete and inconsistent information when contacted by prospective tourists. Again it was deemed my fault that the tourist trade in Huaraz was being affected.

What people need to understand is that it is the job of The Huaraz Telegraph to inform and entertain. We are not trying to turn people away, or discourage them from visiting; we need them and we need their money so we can improve the city. What we are trying to achieve is transparency, and by publishing such articles we inform and educate allowing tourists to take precautions to prevent bad things happening. Knowledge is power and if reading one of our stories means that a visitor will not take their iPhone or expensive camera to the Monterrey Hot Springs or the Rataquenua Cross, or leave their bags unattended outside shops, then I feel we have done our job. It is in the best interests of the paper (and the city) to increase tourist numbers in Huaraz, and I firmly believe that we can awaken Huaraz´ true potential, and get the tourist numbers we need. However, this will only be possible with the collaboration and support of the local officials and service providers such as hostel owners.

Speaking of hostels, our very first edition of this paper was available at 17 hostels and hotels, this year´s first edition will be distributed to no less than 40 hostels and hotels. It will also be available in the tourism office of i-Perú, cafés such as California and Andino, as well as local restaurants and bars. This means we are reaching a larger audience including the many English students attending Casa de Guias, and the Language Centre of the UNASAM.

One of the biggest improvements to be made since our launch is the reduction of spelling and grammar mistakes, as well as the increased quality of the writing. There is disappointing news though. Since the inauguration of The Huaraz Telegraph, back in April 2012, only one agency has placed an advert in the paper. I think the local business owners need to see the positive side of aligning themselves with The Huaraz Telegraph: advertising with us will expose their business to a wider audience. I am hoping that by the time this issue goes to print more businesses and agencies would have seen the light and agreed to advertise with us.

Here at The Huaraz Telegraph we are always on the look-out for interesting articles and stories to share with our readers. If you or someone you know would like to contribute to the paper we would love to hear from you. With that in mind I would like to say thank you to Brian Morra, Lauren Marchand, Marie Timmermans and Thomas Kristianson for their valuable contributions to last year´s editions. I would also like to send a message to any and all prospective sponsors: let’s work together to make Huaraz and place to be proud of and a huge GRACIAS to all the sponsors who have participated in the making of the first of five editions of The Huaraz Telegraph.

At the moment, our paper is at the printing company and within a week we hope to  have the paper freely available again at most important tourism related businesses.

Rex Broekman

Founder and editor of The Huaraz Telegraph

 

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