A conversation between readers and the editor of The Morning Journal in Lorain, Ohio
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
posted by Tom Skoch, Editor at
How about an education feature that spotlights a student of our district in a positive manner? We hear too much of the negative and not enough positive. I don't just mean sports, I mean things that represent the best in them all. Let's hear about what the students do for each other, let's hear about what they do for their communities, let's hear the good stuff. Teachers and administrators would be a great source of this information, not just the monthly parade at the board meetings.
We've done that before and can do it again. Teachers, principals, parents send me these students' names, details & contact information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have never sent an e-mail to the editor, probably because I never thought it was really needed. Yesterday in the print Journal the obituary page had the fallen officer from Elyria and his killer on the same page. I understand that the killer's family has a right to announce his death and his funeral arrangements, but this is in such poor taste and a total lack of dignity for the officer's family. Everyone at my job just sat there with jaws agape at that. Someone who was in charge of that should be out of a job. Just put the killer's info the next day.Also, one of your sportswriters mentioned that Clearview basketball went further than anyone in the area. He must've forgotten EC girls. He may can continue to work only after attending sensitivity training to be held at EC.
I understand that emotions are rightly strong in a case like this, but the newspaper's role is simply to show and tell accurately what is happening, as it is happening. Anything less would be the real insult to the public. To basically "hide" someone's obituary or any news story for a day, or more, would present a false view of events to readers. Whenever people challenge me with "that didn't belong in the paper" my response is this: What would you like me to hide from you tomorrow? WE report the news, and the obits, and don't try to alter reality.The sports writer was talking about boys basketball in the Clearview story, not girls basketball. What was said about the Clearview boys takes nothing away from the EC girls achievements. They are two separate sports topics, each with records that stand on their own.
With all of the "electronic" methods of doing the news, will home delivery of the newspaper be obsoleted? It would be a shame since many of the elderly depend on home delivery as a lifeline to the outside.
Don't worry, the print newspaper will be around for the foreseeable future. Print is just as important to our future plans as our online news operation.Print and online aren't rivals, they complement one another.Our Web site, Twitter and Facebook enable us to give readers the news "fast" and concise as it is happening, with updates as they develop.Print gathers the most comprehensive account of local news events, adds context and then delivers that rich news feast "slow" so people can read and enjoy it at their leisure.
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