Better input makes for better newpaper
December 25, 2000
I could buy a crystal ball or ask my magic eight ball what Daily Press readers want to read in their newspaper, but I don’t think that would be very accurate. As much as we would like to, journalists don’t know what readers are thinking, which means we need your help to fill Daily Press with stories you want to read.
I’ll stop beating around the bush and come right out and say it: If we write something you don’t think is fair or accurate, tell us. If we aren’t covering a topic that interests you, tell us. If we are covering a topic that interests you, tell us. If you think we missed an important angle of an issue, tell us.
Our reporters and editors work at the newspaper, but it’s not their newspaper. It’s the communities and should reflect that. We want to cover topics and issues that interest people in our community. We want you to look forward to reading your newspaper and not view it was starter fuel for your winter fire.
Whether it’s policy, theory or content of a newspaper, nothing changes until someone speaks up. Voice your opinion, tell us what you’re thinking, tell us we’re totally wrong or very right constructive criticism won’t hurt our feelings we have thick skin. There is a t-shirt with a picture of a journalism assignment covered in red ink and the caption: Give blood, major in journalism. We’re used to receiving criticism and can’t do our jobs effectively without it.
The Craig Daily Press receives anywhere from two letters to the editor a week during heavy letter-writing weeks to two or three a month during slower times. Every so often, we receive great letters that we can’t use because they were sent anonymously. I believe people should be proud of their opinions, and not be afraid to see their names printed next to ideas they believe in.
I’ve been a traveler for the past few years, living in five towns (Missoula, Big Sky and Bozeman, Mont.; Boulder, Colo.; and Grand Rapids, Mich.) and visited Portland, Ore., for an extended stay within the last four years. Each town, and its residents, has been unique. The only way to learn about a town is to talk to the people who live there. The only way for Moffat County’s residents to learn about each other is to talk. Our newspaper gives you that avenue.
I’ve only lived here for a short time, but I’ve heard the phrase “Only in Craig” come out of many residents’ mouths. I take that to mean people are proud of Craig’s uniqueness.
We print all letters to the editor, as long as they’re not libelous. We do reserve the right to edit letters for length, grammar and accuracy. Letter writers must include their full name, home address, a phone number where they can be contacted and a signature. We don’t print writers’ phone numbers or home addresses, just their names and the city they live in.
I’ll get off my soapbox after leaving you with a question to ponder: If Galileo never voiced his theory that the earth revolves around the sun, would modern science books still be stating that the sun revolved around the earth?