I am always trying new things.
The staff at the Petoskey News-Review can attest to that. From new foods to new activities to new types of stories to new designs with the newspaper, I am not afraid to try something out. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.
Well, we are trying something new with the Opinion Pages of the Petoskey News-Review. You may have noticed already. We will no longer be publishing three editorials written by our editorial board each week. Instead, on Fridays we will be publishing one editorial dealing with a local, regional, state or national topic that we feel is of great importance. This editorial will be deeper researched, a bit longer than normal, and will attempt to more fully explain an issue, as well as explaining the newspaper’s position on the issue.
Instead of an editorial on Monday, we will publishing a “salute” editorial. This “opinion” honors the people and organizations from around the area that we feel deserve to be publicly thanked. Furthermore, we will include in this salute, any people or organizations that our readers suggest to us. For example, if you feel a certain local police officer should be commended for helping you following a fender-bender, let us know and we will put it in print. Send your suggestions by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or just give me a call at (231) 439-9316.
On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, we will have local and syndicated columns or editorial opinions from around the state, nation and world. I am hoping the columns will provide a nice round-up of opinions and topics of interest for all of our readers.
I may even write a column on Wednesdays, but I can tell you now my columns will rarely be political. I used to write politically-charged columns when I was much younger, but I have learned over the years that I am not as smart as I once was. Now, I prefer to leave the politics to others.
The reason we are doing this is to try and give less of our opinion, even on the opinion pages. To me, newspapers are a place where people go to find out information, what is happening in their community and to see a snapshot of their area at that point in time. The opinions of an editorial board are meaningless to me when they are given out day after day and they take away resources that could better be used in getting more facts and news to our readers.
Sure, we will still provide one solid local editorial a week, but the point behind this editorial is that it will not only give our opinion, but provide more information and context to an issue the community is facing. And by having only one a week, that makes more room for other opinions in the form of letters to the editor, local columnists and syndicated state and national columnists that provide a wide-range of opinions (agree with them or not). Providing a range of opinions and conversations, to me, is far more important than having an editorial board write an editorial each day.
Besides, I find the opinions of our readers and newsmakers far more interesting than mine.
So, we are going to give this new approach with the editorial page a try. Let me know what you think.
Send your suggestions by email to email@example.com or just give me a call at (231) 439-9316.