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There's no place quite like the editorial page.
What other medium provides such a well-rounded forum for public discussion?
Talk radio is about outrage, about making the lines light up, not about helping a community connect through a common gathering spot. Internet forums offer a quick gut-check, but their culture of anonymity breeds an ugliness and ignorance that turns many people off. And local television--well, it left commentary behind decades ago for fear that half its viewers would turn the channel.
A great editorial page, on the other hand, stands up for its values, its community, and its citizens. It helps people make sense of things. As Michael Gartner Michael Gartner (born October 25, 1938, in Des Moines, Iowa) is an American journalist and businessman. He is also President of the Iowa Board of Regents. He is a graduate of Carleton College and the New York University School of Law. said in his book, Outrage, Passion & Uncommon Sense, it gives people a common yardstick for measuring a community's evolution.
The best call out injustice, hold people accountable, and pat people on the back. They get passionate about things, laugh at life's hiccups Hiccups Definition
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Editorial boards are stocked with Adj. 1. stocked with - furnished with more than enough; "rivers well stocked with fish"; "a well-stocked store"
furnished, equipped - provided with whatever is necessary for a purpose (as furniture or equipment or authority); "a furnished apartment"; smart, reflective people who take the time to look a little closer and think things through. At our most-recent national convention, Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill Claire McCaskill (born July 24, 1953) is an American Democratic politician, currently the junior United States Senator from the state of Missouri and former State Auditor of Missouri. She defeated Republican Senator Jim Talent in 2006 by a margin of 50% to 47%. lamented that the only time she expects a deep policy discussion is when she visits an editorial board.
And for those who question the impact of editorial endorsements, consider how Senator John Edwards' campaign soared after his 2004 endorsement by The Des Moines Des Moines, city, United States
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Yet our profession is in peril. John Oppedahl, former publisher of the San Francisco Chronicle The San Francisco Chronicle was founded in 1865 as The Daily Dramatic Chronicle by teenage brothers Charles de Young and Michael H. de Young. The paper grew along with San Francisco to become the largest circulation newspaper on the West Coast of the and The Arizona Republic, told our membership last year that we had three years to prove our value to publishers. Otherwise our days are numbered.
Like newsrooms everywhere, editorial boards have seen staffing erode. In Tampa we've lost two positions. The Chicago SunTimes recently laid off three. Tough choices lie ahead everywhere.
What keeps me awake at night is the vulnerability editorial boards face in this digital world. Our readers are loyal, but aging. To remain relevant, we must increase our appeal and meet the demands of an ever-changing audience.
Let's be honest. While newsrooms have been awash in change efforts for decades, editorial boards have been slow to evolve.
Consider the opening-day "boot camp Software from Apple that enables an Intel x86-based Macintosh to host the Windows XP operating system. Boot Camp is used to divide the hard disk into Windows and Mac partitions, to install the necessary drivers and to create a dual boot environment. " at our October convention in Kansas City Kansas City, two adjacent cities of the same name, one (1990 pop. 149,767), seat of Wyandotte co., NE Kansas (inc. 1859), the other (1990 pop. 435,146), Clay, Jackson, and Platte counties, NW Mo. (inc. 1850). . The topic: video editorials.
At the same convention, we announced a national initiative to engineer a muscular future for opinion journalism. We are exploring ideas for online features and new tools of engagement.
Remember, it means something for readers to have a letter published in the paper. People keep those letters for years--on their refrigerators or in their scrapbooks. Properly stoked stoked
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It discourages me to hear editorialists say they simply hope their jobs survive until they retire. As a profession, we must grab hold and make our future together. We owe this debt to the generations behind us, to our communities, and to our democracy.
The man who won the Tribune's Letter of the Year two years ago, an airman at Tampa's MacDill Air Force Base MacDill Air Force Base is a United States Air Force base in Hillsborough County, Florida, eight miles south of downtown Tampa at the tip of the Interbay Peninsula. It also has city district status due to the fact that the base is technically within the city limits of Tampa. , expressed the public value of the editorial page while accepting his award. He told the story of going through the drive-thru at Chick-fil-A and having some anonymous customer inside buy his dinner. He wanted to thank the community for supporting the troops. So he wrote a letter to the editor.
There's no place like our pages. We are the place to be seen and heard on issues affecting our community.
We are a public trust that needs to be protected and preserved.
Rosemary Goudreau is the editorial page editor at The Tampa Tribune in Florida. Email: email@example.com