I’ve got a great story for next week’s Reporter. Really great. I don’t want to go into it here, but next week’s issue will not be the one to miss. Make sure you don’t.
I have to say, I love my job.
Sorry to all interested parties, but I have no interest in being an editor or a publisher. I want to be out there, where the story is happening, digging things up. That’s what I’m good at, and that’s where I should stay.
Furthermore, there is no Berlin Reporter press—there is Salmon Press, which owns the Reporter and 10 other papers, and they are all printed in Massachusetts. I couldn’t buy the paper because there would be no press for me to print a paper. That business plan just doesn’t work.
Besides, I love my job. Why would I leave? I have a boss who supports me while I do my best to improve the level of discourse in Berlin, plus benefits and vacation. I get to talk with every aspect of the city, and beyond. It’ll be a while before I quit this arrangement.
And no one would be happy with a Monday paper. You would wind up with last week’s city council news, which is often some of the most pertinent information in the paper. Ever notice the Reporter comes out the same day the daily paper reports city council meetings? That is the one time we really cover the same news on the same deadline. That’s key. Our timeliness in this one area is important and not worth forsaking. I understand it’d be nice to start out the week with quality journalism, but it’s not in the cards. I’d hate to be reporting council happenings a week late. I far prefer the model we have now.
But thanks for the constructive criticism. I’m working on improving things even more. I want to get video capability and get important interviews up online. I’d love to see the council meetings broadcast live. I’d like to be Tweeting from every meeting I go to. What I need, though, is for everyone to buy ads in the Reporter so they expand it. It could be more pages, two sections, if it brought in the revenue. I’m doing my part, improving the reporting; now it’s your turn to convince all your friends to buy the paper.
Next week, they’ll want to. Believe me, it’s worth it.