We miss stories every day. Sometimes it’s because we make the wrong choices. Other times it’s because we don’t have the resources.
Buffeted by lagging advertising and shrinking circulation, papers across the country, including ours, are trying different ways to reach out to you, our readers, as newspapers undergo a transformation.
In the past few months, we have altered the design of our paper, dropped stock listings and tried to make the B section more local. Some of the changes were done to streamline the paper and others to reduce expenses.
Many of the revisions went unnoticed, but some outraged readers, and they let us know. But that’s OK. That’s why we are here. If our job is to hold our leaders accountable and cover the San Gabriel Valley as well as we can, we should handle criticism with humility, knowing you care about what we do.
The Internet gives us a great opportunity to continue pursuing stories that matter while reaching more people. Our online activities include daily Webcasts and updates, and comment links on stories that allow you to post your reaction to our coverage.
We also have a blog called Editor’s Corner at www.insidesocal.com/editors, one more way to interact with the editors.
Of course, the print side is a priority.
In the coming months, we hope to start two projects as we work on putting more local stories in our local section, a task that some have said we are not fulfilling. We are in discussions with candidates for a column for our local section that will provide unique perspectives on the San Gabriel Valley. If you think you would be a good candidate, or know of one, tell us.
Another project, which we think is especially important and relevant for the Valley, is reaching out to the men and women in the armed services. Over the past several months, we have had the unfortunate task of covering funerals for soldiers killed in Iraq – three of them from La Puente. We want to start highlighting what soldiers from our area are doing now, rather than wait until a tragedy occurs.
If anyone has a family member or friend on active duty overseas, or who has been overseas, let us know. Better yet, have them e-mail us so we can message them as well.
These are a few of the ideas we are pursuing. We would like to cover everything that is important in our community and are working toward that goal.