NOTE: This “letter” was written by the fictitious “J. Francis Manning”, the “founder and editor” of The BEAT. It was also a pseudonym for Joseph Johnson, who wrote everything in The BEAT, and everything else on this site.


I would like to take a moment to  express my gratitude and appreciation to all of our readers. According to the people who keep track of such things, readership of The BEAT is skyrocketing.

Of course, this would not be possible without you, our faithful readers. In addition, it would be impossible to put out our intriguing and well crafted stories without the amazing staff in which I am blessed to lead. The diversity among our writers and editors is incredible. We have former military intelligence officers, fashion models, priests, an attorney and certified geniuses on our team…And that’s only five levels of the make-up of our one-of-a-kind staff.

One thing that I take much satisfaction in is that fact that we do not see ourselves in competition with any other news source. We simply do what we do, and we take great pride with every stroke of the keyboard.

Looking ahead into our inaugural year, we are striving to bring you unique stories with a flair that will compel you to look forward to the next one. Will some of our stories be the same ones covered by other news sources? Of course they will. But when you read a story in The BEAT, rest assured it will be written like no other source out there.

Once again, thank you for your loyal readership. We covet your suggestions, critiques, story ideas and comments. You can contact us in many ways. You may comment or message us on this site, or you may do the same on our Facebook page by clicking here. I would also like to invite you to take a moment to get to know our staff. You can read their interesting bios by clicking here.

Here’s hoping that our first year sets the standard for those to follow.

J. Francis Manning, Founder and Editor in Chief

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