RIO DE JANEIRO – This is our first week of an Op-Ed section (Opinion and Editorial) and it’s an exciting new feature for us. This being my first Editorial note, I suppose it makes sense to provide a little background for those unfamiliar with our story.
My name is Stone Korshak and I am the Editor and Publisher of The Rio Times.
After a career producing interactive media, mostly in New York, I came to Rio in 2004 to write my first screenplay. After years of coming back-and-forth between Rio and NY to write, I was struck by the lack of English news available here. So by 2008 I was determined to launch a news company in Rio, and in March 2009, it finally happened.
Some answers to common questions; currently we publish weekly, every Wednesday, and we publish only online for now, but hopefully next year we’ll expand to a printed weekly edition.
Our goal is to be the local news source to the English speaking foreign community here, for both expats and tourists. As a business, we earn revenue by selling ads, online banner advertising, and appreciate the support.
So back to the point, this new Op-Ed section is one of the enhancements we plan to offer this year. As Editor, I will work to provide some input each week, and we will also have Opinion writing from some colorful voices with a lot to say about Brazil, Rio, and our community here.
Another feature of the Op-Ed section will be “Letters to the Editor” which I hope we’ll start publishing next week. Also, in the future, we’ll launch a writing contest for Brazilian English students here, primarily from the NGO (Non-Profit) groups admirably providing social services in Rio’s favelas.
This week we have a long-time Rio resident as our Opinion writer, Mr. Michal Royster, who first saw Rio forty plus years ago, and moved here about thirty years ago. We hope you enjoy this new section, and please don’t hesitate to offer feedback, as well as “Letters to the Editor” – which need to be submitted by Sunday in order to make the following Wednesday’s issue.
If you would like to send us feedback, are interested in being an Opinion writer, or submit a Letter to the Editor, please email: news[at]riotimesonline[dot]com.