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Cover Story - October 2, 2009

the times, they are a-changin'

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Posted by Hal Bailey, a resident of another community
on Oct 2, 2009 at 8:08 am

Dear Dolores,

As I walked the streets of Jacksonville Oregon Tuesday, Whitman Parker, editor of The Jacksonville Review,, was delivering his newspapers to store counters in the national historical "town." We chatted about the end of TDW's print edition and shared concerns for the end of a very transportable, more thorough version of issues reporting.

Whitman noted how The Jacksonville Review is a forum of local contributors that provide information to him for collection and editing into in-depth coverage of issues in western Medford, Jacksonville and the Applegate Valley. We agreed that print editions have that role of collected information for in-depth presentation of issues that is not easily translated to the immediacy of on-line stories and local readership commentary.

Today, Dolores, we are losing TDW's printed edition that started with the same "issues" performance noted by Whitman. What will remain is the challenge to your journalism to translate the issues performance into your on-line edition. TDW on-line is not there yet. Your forum is not a contribution to in-depth review of regional issues and your event stories are not focused on the underlying issues.

What is important is your continuance as editor/journalist and your opportunity to achieve a significant panel of contributors and your in-depth presentation of regional issues and the scope of positions. As you face on-line subscriber news services from major news services, it will take your willingness to be editor/presenter of in-depth, balanced issues and events reporting to maintain your relationship with your readers.

Thank you for your exceptional journalism and best wishes with your on-line presentation,

Hal Bailey
Member, CDSI Research Fellowship