What are your thoughts about our community?
How can your local newspaper do a better job covering important issues?
What’s the logic behind the decisions that are made when it comes to local journalism?
These are some of the topics we can cover together from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday at the Fine Arts Bistro. I’ll be there — if I remember to set my alarm — to meet with you during a Coffee with the Editor session.
It’s nothing too fancy or formal. The plan is to meet and discuss your concerns, questions and suggestions in a friendly setting where we can get down to the business of our community.
What are some stories you’d like to read about that haven’t been covered, or deserve more attention? How can you submit news items for possible publication in the newspaper? What’s the best way to send us a news release? Why do we publish crime reports? How does local journalism survive in an internet-crazed society?
Trust me, there’s plenty to discuss. I want to be transparent about our news operation, and I can’t emphasize enough that journalism is about you, the reader. Any story written without the reader in mind is a waste of space. Thus, it’s important for us — your newspaper editor and the community — to talk about the news, to brainstorm together and to improve Barren County.
Let me be clear — I’m not a miracle worker. I can’t tell you we’re going to suddenly double our revenue and hire four more reporters tomorrow to cover more news. I can show you how your subscription helps keep local journalism alive.
I won’t be able to suddenly add an extra edition to our weekly publication schedule. But I can prove to you that the Glasgow Daily Times is there seven days a week between its online presence and print product to bring you the most thorough news coverage of our community.
I will not be able to atone for what may be viewed as past mistakes. But I can openly discuss with you ways we can avoid shortcomings and failures in the future.
The coffee will be on us, but the conversation is up to you. I hope to see you there.
Suddeath is the editor of the Glasgow Daily Times. His column appears in the Thursday edition and at various times throughout the week. Reach him at 270-678-5171, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @DsuddeathGDT.