Today marks the official union of Bergen-Passaic Daily Voice with CLIFFVIEW PILOT . Say hello to DV Pilot.
No one could've predicted when I launched CLIFFVIEW PILOT in June 2009 that I'd one day find a bigger and better news operation with the same goals as mine -- to tell you in real time what's happening in YOUR community.
Like CVP, Daily Voice demands honesty, accuracy and fairness. That's why law enforcement, firefighters, EMS, teachers and other public servants will continue to receive the respect and attention that they deserve.
Like CVP, it has no "gotcha" stories, no secret affiliations or hidden agendas. We're here to build up, not tear down.
It's optimized for mobile, so that whatever platform is best for you is best for us. We also have daily e-blasts and breaking news bulletins that are a mailbox must.
At your service is a team of professionals, any of whom you'll find at any given moment in your town, your community, your neighborhood.
There's also a staggering support staff -- not just technical wizards but skilled "content creators" -- unlike any I've ever worked with or witnessed.
There's also our not-so-secret weapon: An army of "community advisors" -- you, your friends, your neighbors, people upon whom we rely to keep us in the loop. If you haven't signed on, contact me or any of my staff.
At its core, Daily Voice has an amazing collection of news-business talent, led by founder and CEO Carll Tucker.
There's Chief Operating Officer Travis Hardman and Chief Financial Officer Christopher Hey.
There's Content Creation Chief Andrea Graziano, who has forgotten more about the business than I'll ever know.
Then there's my crackerjack staff: Assistant Managing Editor Cecilia Levine, Community Editors Josh Jongsma and Matthew Speiser and Reporter Anthony Locicero -- all of whom bring skill, talent and verve.
The most essential ingredient, of course, is YOU.
When you see or hear something, email or call us. Same thing if a tip or rumor needs checking out. If you've got the scoop on something that happened minutes ago, get hold of one of us RIGHT NOW.
Also feel free to reach out with any questions or comments -- and, especially, suggestions. If you're interested we'll show you around our Ridgewood office.
It was an intense stretch of nearly 7 years on the PILOT -- head-down, hard-driving, all day/every day.
The hottest independent breaking news site in the country succeeded on levels that I could've never imagined -- and I'm not just talking about a record 30-day stretch of 1.7 million page views in the heat of last summer.
Your needs are greater than mine, though. And so it's time.
Little changes other than a virtual explosion in what you want: news and information that's closest to home.
The visionaries behind Daily Voice have succeeded in Fairfield, Westchester and Putnam counties in an amazingly short amount of time. We are well on our way to doing the same here in Bergen and Passaic counties -- with more frontiers to conquer.
Jerry DeMarco Managing Editor
Bergen-Passaic Daily Voice
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