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

Published: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 14:30 PM.

Of course, we’ve extended the invitation to middle school coaches, community organizations, teachers, administrators and other newsmakers in Crestview, Baker and Laurel Hill — with little response and ignored email and voicemail. (Yes, we noticed that, and noted it each time.)

Occasionally, more letters will roll in accusing the newspaper of bias or lack of interest in something, and the newsroom will write more emails to school administrators, teachers, coaches, community organizations and others, politely inviting them to help keep the community informed. We’ll post Facebook messages offering the invitation; they will get several likes, but little will happen.

So let’s be clear.

If Crestview, Baker or Laurel Hill residents submit something to the News Bulletin — whether it’s a community or service organization’s upcoming public event or activity, a church offi cer election or fish fry announcement, a blurb about a business opening or major achievement, photos from last night’s middle school basketball game or anything else of reasonable public interest — we will cover it in some way, shape or form.

Guaranteed.

That doesn’t mean everyone’s submissions can run in print; although, at times, that may be the case. It does mean that we will report on every topic we know about, at least once (not from multiple submitters), in print or online or both.

This is your newspaper, and we want to tell your stories. We opened this Opinion page for you last fall because we want your diverse views to make the public record. Our reporters do a great job covering city government and other “hard news,” but we want readers to know about the smaller, feel-good news, too: that amazing middle school basketball game, the science project that won the fair or the show and tell where students dressed up as presidents.



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