Wednesday, December 14, 2016

December aero newsletter available

The December edition of the Gulf Coast Reporters' League Aerospace newsletter is now available for download. You get get it by clicking on the icon on this page in the right column, which will take you to the download page, or by visiting the Gulf Coast Aerospace Corridor website.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

October magazine available

The October issue of the Gulf Coast Reporters' League Business Quarterly is now available for download. Click the magazine cover icon on the right side of the Gulf Coast Reporters' League website and it will take you to the site where you can download either the full PDF or, for quicker download, the compressed version. We hope you enjoy it and we welcome your comments.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

October aero newsletter available

The latest edition of the Gulf Coast Reporters' League Aerospace newsletter is now available. Download it by clicking on the icon on this page in the right column, or by visiting the Gulf Coast Aerospace Corridor website.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

August aero newsletter available

The August issue of the 8-page Gulf Coast Reporters' League Aerospace Newsletter is now available for download by clicking on the icon in the right-hand column of this site or by visiting the Gulf Coast Aerospace Corridor website.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

July magazine now available

The July issue of the Gulf Coast Reporters' League Business Quarterly is now available for download. Click the magazine cover icon on the right side of the Gulf Coast Reporters' League website and it will take you to the site where you can download either the full PDF or, for quicker download, the compressed version. We hope you enjoy it and we welcome your comments.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Special report available

The special edition of the Gulf Coast Aerospace Newsletter about the delivery of the first U.S.-built A321 to JetBlue in a ceremony at the Mobile Aeroplex in Alabama is available at http://www.gulfcoastaerospacecorridor.com/gcacnewsletterapr16SPECIALREPORT.html.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Delivery of first A321

As part of our ongoing work to keep you informed about aerospace activities in our region, we will have a reporter and photographer on hand Monday, April 25, for the delivery of the first U.S.-built Airbus jetliner to JetBlue. Because our last issue of the bimonthly aerospace newsletter published April 12 and the next one isn't until June, we'll produce a special edition of the aerospace newsletter to keep you informed about this important, historic event.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

April aero newsletter available

The current edition of the Gulf Coast Aerospace Newsletter is now available for download. Click on the icon at the Gulf Coast Reporters' League or the Gulf Coast Aerospace Corridor websites to download the latest 8-page publication.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

April magazine now available

The April issue of the Gulf Coast Reporters' League Business Quarterly is now available for download. Click the magazine cover icon on the right side of the Gulf Coast Reporters' League website and it will take you to the site where you can download either the full PDF or, for quicker download, the compressed version. We hope you enjoy it and we welcome your comments.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Historic flight scheduled

It's one of those situations magazine editors always dread. You believe something is going to occur before your next publication date, and so you decide to make that particular event your cover story. It's risky, but as long as you have a backup plan, then you're OK.

That's the situation the Gulf Coast Reporters' League Business Quarterly was in. We had reason to believe that the first flight of the first U.S.-built Airbus jetliner would occur before our April 5 deadline. So we went ahead and planned to do a package of stories as our cover subject.

When Airbus announced on Friday that the test flight of an A321 jetliner it built for JetBlue would occur Monday, March 21, we were able to breathe a sigh of relief. True, we had plenty of other stories in the package that could have been on the cover, but the first flight is historic.

Sometimes, you just got to trust your instinct.

As part of our plan for the April magazine, we launched a crowdfunding campaign through Kickstarter so folks who want to congratulate Mobile and Airbus could do so in a single-page house that will include the names of the contributors who want to be listed. If we don't reach our goal, we won't have the ad.


As for that first flight, we'll be there Monday of course, and we'll post something on our daily aerospace corridor news feed. If you don't get that feed and you're interested in all things aerospace in the Gulf Coast region, you might want to subscribe. It's free, or you can just make it a point to check the feed regularly. You'll be surprised just how much aerospace activity goes on in this region.

But you can also just wait until we publish the magazine.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Kickstarter campaign launched

This is the first of what will now be a weekly update that will be posted every Saturday or Sunday to keep you up to date on our publications.

But first, this little promotional. As you know, the Gulf Coast Reporters' League Business Quarterly published its inaugural issue Jan. 5, and the feedback has been very positive. One newspaper asked for permission to reprint some of our stories, and they've used two so far. You're also aware that the magazine is free to readers, and we intend to keep it that way.

But for the April issue we decided to try a one-time, 30-day Kickstarter campaign to help us out in our formative period. We're a brand new magazine, and it takes time to get traction. We're hoping we get hundreds of names that we can list on a full-page house ad as a way of showing there's a lot of support for a product of this type.

Imagine what it would say about the Gulf Coast region if we get a lot of individuals or businesses that kick in $1, $10, $20 or more. The more names we have on the page, the happier we'll be. And if we don't reach our modest goal, we don't collect any money and won't have the page. But we'll still have the magazine. Many of our stories have already been turned in, and we will publish April 5.

If you're interested in showing your support, please take a look at our Kickstarter campaign page for all the details. You can find it at:
And if you decide it's not for you, that's fine. We still want you to continue reading our magazine. We plan to be here for the long run. Thank you. - David Tortorano, editor

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Aerospace bimonthly available

The February issue of the Gulf Coast Reporters' League Aerospace Newsletter is now available. Click on the newsletter icon in the right-hand column at the League website, or visit the main aerospace website and download it from the home page.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

First issue available

The first issue of the Gulf Coast Reporters' League Business Quarterly is now available for download. Click the magazine cover icon on the right and it will take you to the site where you can download either the full PDF or, for quicker download, the compressed version. We hope you enjoy it and we welcome your comments.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Associate introduction, Part VII

This is the final post introducing our associates before the first issue of the Gulf Coast Reporters' League Business Quarterly publishes Tuesday. I want to introduce the newest addition to our team, along with some of the folks who work behind the scenes.

Rhoda Pickett spent nearly 25 years as a newspaper reporter, most of that time as a general assignment reporter for the Mobile Press-Register. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Spelman College, a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Southern Mississippi and a master’s degree in liberal arts from Spring Hill College. She's a freelance writer and an adjunct instructor in communication.

"What happens in business affects every part of our lives. When something happens – such as a hurricane or an oil spill – it causes quite a domino effect," she said. "Here along the Gulf Coast, those dominoes are placed pretty close together."

I worked with Rhoda at the Mobile paper, and she didn't come aboard in time to get any stories in our first issue, but she will be involved in future issues of the magazine both as a writer and editor.

There are some names you won't see in the magazine, and these are the folks who are doing work for this magazine that doesn't involved a byline. Judith Rojeski kept the newsroom running smoothly when I was at the Mobile Press-Register, and for the magazine she's a proof reader and researcher. She's one of those go-to people that every successful organization needs. Pam Baker was an executive secretary at the Mobile Press-Register when I worked there. She's also someone who will do whatever is needed to make sure a project is successful. Gloria Tortorano handles our financials, and you'll occasionally see her credit line with photos. She's a former business owner and one time photo stringer, and she's my wife.

And then there's me. I've worked at a number of daily papers in the Gulf Coast, and previously worked at newspapers in Huntsville and California. Back in the late 90s, when I was business editor at the Mobile paper, I helped create a regional business magazine that spanned the region between South Mississippi and the extreme western region of Northwest Florida.

That magazine may have been ahead of its time. But now it seems appropriate to pick up where that magazine left off, and to enlarge its coverage area. The ties across this Gulf Coast region are strong and there are important stories to tell about the commerce in this region.

We look forward to publishing our first edition Tuesday. You can take a look at our first edition table of contents by clicking on the icon in the right-hand column. And for those of you who still prefer holding a magazine in your hand, you'll be able to do that, too. If you're interested, you can purchase a magazine at cost - shipping is extra - from a print-on-demand service we have used for close to 10 years now. Late next week you'll be able to go to www.lulu.com and search for Gulf Coast Reporters' League Business Quarterly.

We hope you make us a part of your regular reading routine.