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Editor's Blog

March 7, 2007

March 7, 2007

Well, we finally kicked off this blog thing. I know what you're thinking — it's about time. But it's better late than never, right?

I hesitated to start because I wanted to make sure I would be able to post on a consistent basis. There is nothing more annoying to me than a blog that's rarely updated. My hope is to update this blog at least twice a week. I'm sure there will be weeks where I update it more often — or less. But I always want to have at least two updates posted each week.

Think of this as a forum to ask me questions, make suggestions, criticize the paper, praise the paper (especially that :)), and find out why we do some of the things we do.

We want the blog to be interactive. If you have a question, start a forum thread by following the link at the bottom of this page. And, as soon as I get a chance, I'll respond.

I want it to always be conversational and relaxed. I find that a lot of us newspaper folks can be a bit stuffy, thinking we know it all. It must be something in our blood, who knows. But we want to change our tone.

We're also slowly trying to change the culture in our newsroom.

We're looking for input from our readers. We intend to make changes were necessary.

I hope you've noticed some of the changes already. If not, let me take a minute to update you on a few:

• As of this week, we now have a "Web reporter." Ben Lockridge, who many of you may know from his days at WTOK-TV, is now responsible for most of the content you see on our Web site — aside from the forums. We hired Ben last year and he has since been serving as our third reporter. But now that Georgia E. Frye, our government reporter, is back, we hope to use more of Ben's talents on the Web side of our newsroom. That doesn't mean you won't see some of Ben's stuff in print, but you will be seeing less of it. He has been shooting video for a few months, but you'll soon be seeing a lot more of that and other Web components.

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