News Comes from You
A couple of years ago I attended a journalism seminar at which the keynote speaker was someone involved in a nationwide study of newspaper readership. One of the many things she said that stuck with me was, "Most days are slow news days."
Most days, we're all incredibly busy with whatever it is that occupies our lives. We're doing ordinary, which is not to say unimportant or uninteresting, things.
The challenge in the media is to find stories that are newsworthy -- stories that are compelling, that will mean something to the reader, that will add to their understanding of the community or the world, that will enable them to take action.
This time of the year is notorious for being "slow" news days. It's also a slower time for advertising, which means additional space for the newsroom to fill. So we look for "enterprise stories," picking topics and offering stories with some depth and perspective. Accomplishing this is no small feat at a small paper, but it's a responsibility we at The Saratogian take seriously.
As with any news outlet, we depend on people in the community for news tips and story ideas. We appreciate your suggestions. We even get leads from the "Sound Off" call-in column. Some ideas pan out, some don't, but we want to hear from you.