Better know your leaders: Harvey Brock
Name: Harvey Brock
Hometown: Tucson, Ariz.
Position in the city: Publisher of The Dickinson Press
For how long? Six years
When did you first move to Dickinson? Nov. 6, 2007
What’s the biggest change you’ve seen in Dickinson since moving here?
Running a newspaper, like any business in Dickinson, is difficult because there is no blueprint. The oil boom in our area and the effect on the area and infrastructure is unprecedented. I had run a newspaper for nine years before coming to The Press, but running one in western North Dakota today, you have to be extremely creative to find employees and housing for them.
The story of the oil boom, though challenging, is also very exciting. Bill Marcil, owner of Forum Communications, describes the oil play in western North Dakota as the biggest economic story in our state’s history and the biggest economic story in the country. Reporting on this story and keeping a historic archive is a huge responsibility.
How has the newspaper industry changed in your years in the business and how do you adapt to those changes?
The biggest change in the newspaper business is technology and the Internet. When I started in the business, you had to wait until the paper was delivered to your door in the morning to get the news. Today, with our web, mobile and social media sites, we deliver news and information 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There was a fire this summer in north Dickinson, and I went up to report on what was going on.
When I got there our managing editor, Dustin Monke, had already uploaded a story and photos to our website and Facebook page. Ten years ago, we would not have been able to tell our readers what was going on until the next morning.
How do you get newcomers to subscribe to The Dickinson Press?
The staff at The Press works really hard to keep our readers informed and continues to be the first place folks look for factual information. Our mission is to focus on local news that allows our readers to make informed decisions based on knowing what is happening in their community.
What local story, from Dickinson or another city, has stuck in your mind over the years?
The attacks on Sept. 11 was the biggest story that has happened in my 25 years in the business. The most tragic local story I have had to cover was the deaths of the three (Dickinson State University) softball girls. There are countless stories that are etched in my mind that weren’t nearly so difficult to report. The beauty of the newspaper business is that every day, and especially in our area, there are great stories and people to write about.