Journal planning series of meetings with readers
By Robert Benson
SENECA — We want to know what you think about The Journal. What are we doing right? What do we need to improve on?
As stewards of this daily newspaper, we consider our readers to be more than just our customers. You are our bosses.
That’s why we want to know how we can improve The Journal.
At a time when American newspapers are devoting more resources to their online products, including websites and social media, The Journal is charting its own course with an emphasis on the printed newspaper. But that print-centric approach only works if our bosses — readers like you — look forward to the product we produce.
Today, we publish a newspaper that was designed around our preference for local news. Like you, we see how many sources of international, national and even state news are available. We know today’s news cycle is continuous.
But we don’t see anyone else devoting their resources to covering Oconee County. That sets us apart from the regional television stations and newspapers. They will come here, but they won’t stay here — and they certainly don’t live here. We do.
So, every day, we send out our four news reporters, two sports reporters and our photographer to scour Oconee and Pickens counties, meeting with your friends and neighbors and following the tax dollars spent by county, city and town governments.
When you pick up a copy of The Journal, you see stories on the front page written by those reporters. In fact, most of the stories on our pages — with the exception of the World/Nation page on page D1 — are written by one of our local journalists.
Is that what you want from The Journal?
Over the next few weeks, we will be forming groups of local people to discuss The Journal and its future. Those meetings will be held with the people we care about most — our readers.
This is a chance for you to tell us where we stand and what we can do to improve our product to better meet your needs.
We invite you to join one of those groups and use this opportunity to tell us what we’re doing right and what needs to be fixed. We look forward to meeting you at one of the meetings.