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Staying informed

Posted: Monday, Oct 14th, 2013

Sometimes it gets quite hard to stay informed. Iím in the news business and I can honestly say that what some folks think of as news doesnít even cross my radar.

I tend to look for news stories that seem important to the city, the county and the state we live in. And those stories should have some sort of meat on their bones from the get go.

Some of the items I look for in a news story with merit include how the item affects our economy or jobs in the area, whether or not there is a public impact due to whatever the event may be or whether the item is something people need to know about from a safety standpoint.

Iíve had the opportunity to write quite a few of those types of stories and I can only hope Iíve done a good job at it and move on to the next story with purpose and focus.

A kitten up a tree probably wouldnít catch my attention but a bill passed by the legislature that cuts funding to our county certainly would.

Iíve written stories that were about impacts that affect every citizen of Uinta County and Iíve written stories that are a flash in the pan and donít even hold my interest very long.

Everyone sees things from their own perspective and what seems newsworthy to one person may not be important to the rest of the community.

In my job, I have to step outside that myopic view and try to look further afield. I have to try and find those stories that mean a lot to more than one small contingent of our citizens and look for news that can, will or might affect each and every one of us.

Thatís not an easy thing to do sometimes. People call or email me and they have something to say. Iím a pretty good listener as listening allows a person to learn more than talking does.

I research the subject matter when someone hands me a story they believe warrants coverage in the newspaper and sometimes I find the facts simply donít support the claims being made.

Other times a very worthwhile story emerges and it turns into a good thing that really does need to be presented to the citizens of the county, itís important and timely.

I appreciate each and every person who calls or emails or drops by the office with a bit of news. I hope those who donít see the subject matter they brought to me covered in the paper wonít take offense.

I feel I have a public duty to investigate and research the articles I write and after thatís done, if the story just doesnít hold up to scrutiny, I probably wonít write the piece.

There is only so much room in each issue of the Herald and I hope the articles I write are informative and actually turn out to be newsworthy.

Keep those emails and calls coming in. Who knows? That tidbit of news you just passed along may turn into something even bigger than you thought it was in the first place.

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