EDITOR'S DESK: Help us improve the News Bulletin's local coverage

Published: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 02:30 PM.

I had a nice conversation Monday with the writer of today’s Letter to the Editor concerning the lack of coverage for Shoal River Middle School’s remarkable basketball team.

Mr. Campbell in his letter says he’s disappointed “in the lack of interest by this paper and its sports staff to give equal representation” to other sports teams.

Indeed, most of the News Bulletin’s sports coverage goes to high school sports. However, this outcome is due to having one sports editor who cannot be in all places at once.

The newspaper’s staff is very much interested in covering all grade levels of youth sports in some capacity.

There’s just one man in our newsroom for the job, but there are countless parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and others who can help. Most attendees of middle school games and other underreported athletic events — and community events — own or have access to digital cameras and computers; they can help ensure their teams and organizations get the level of equal representation Mr. Campbell writes about.

CNN’s iReport allows anyone to submit photos, video and audio so citizen journalism can cover what CNN bureaus can’t.

The News Bulletin doesn’t have a name for its outreach effort, but we want you to know this option is available.

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