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A letter from our editor

For more than three decades, New Times has covered Miami and its surrounding communities in a manner that no other local news outlet can.

We've never pretended we were here to inform you about everything. Just the interesting stuff — stuff you realize you needed to know after we get done telling you about it. Like Wayne Huizenga. And the people under the bridge. And, yes, Biogenesis.

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And we've always cut through the bullshit, giving you stories that show you what we see and how we see it, unflinchingly and, more often than not, with a healthy dose of attitude.

Oh, and it's always been free.

Thirty years ago, we gave you the goods in print. Some laughed at the concept, but the formula was pretty simple: Sell enough advertising to support the production of the stories. And it worked.

That was before the internet came along. Now no one questions the value of free publications.

The question is: How long can free publications survive?

Local journalism in the United States is under siege, as tech giants dominate the dissemination of information and siphon off online revenue. New Times has tried to recoup our share with new advertising models on desktop and mobile. But keeping the (virtual) presses running and producing top-quality stories like ours is expensive.

So we keep publishing stories. But we compromise — and maybe we annoy you with things like autoplay video.

You've noticed. And you've let us know.

The fact is, I've noticed too. And now I have a new answer:

It doesn't have to be this way.

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sig Tom Finkel
Editor-in-Chief

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