Journal Celebrates 5th Birthday With Old Promise, New Features

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2002 marks the fifth birthday of The Credit Union Journal!

Launched to provide a fresh, truly independent voice for credit union leaders and with a mission of helping its readers operate effective, growing credit unions, The Credit Union Journal remains true to that objective.

Beginning in 1997, The Journal quickly established itself as a source of breaking news, objective analysis and insightful opinion. And what a year it was! The Credit Union Journal's debut came at the same time the battle between banks and credit unions was approaching a critical point. The Journal's coverage of the Credit Union Campaign for Consumer Choice was frequently groundbreaking, and when President Clinton signed HR 1151 into law, The Credit Union Journal was the only credit union publication on hand in the Oval Office. Since that time, we haven't rested on our laurels, providing innovative reporting of credit union strategies every week, along with unique looks at credit unions such as the annual "Day in the Life of Credit Unions Project" and our Summer Road Trip tour of CUs across the USA.

More than anything, The Journal has benefitted from the input of the credit union community. Readers have asked for original reporting and ideas they can use in a format that's easy to read and doesn't require their day to slog through. And readers have been reassured from Day 1 that no editor, publisher or employee of The Journal is on the payroll of any of the vendors or other groups within the credit union community, so that editorial integrity remains foremost. We're proud to say we've delivered on both promises, and will continue to do so.

As The Journal turns five, readers can look for a number of new innovations, including The Journal's new CUJ Resources, a graphic icon that will appear with some stories and will point readers to additional sources of related information.

Look for a number of exciting developments to come during 2002. As always, we welcome reader input at anytime to diekmann

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