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Another website: a redundancy

Original post made by Ralph N. Shirlet, another community, on Mar 24, 2010

Dear Dolores,

Much was considered about the new news and culture website in our region so corridor news services tested the need for such additional news services via polling of neighborhoods in our region from Walnut Creek to Pleasanton.

In general, news comes to our region through the internet and local, trusted sources such as YOU. Polling shows that additional news services beyond the professional/business delivery and your EXPRESS presentation is not needed. Neighborhoods, in e-exchanges, examined the new entry and found little community viewpoint, as your Diablo Views, in the sterile content.

But it does validate more need for your journalism and broader use of Diablo Views to illustrate how you and the EXPRESS integrate into our corridor community of neighborhoods.

So far, the newcomer illustrates the absence of you. That is a call for your greater contribution via the EXPRESS.

One HAL of a challenge, right?

Ralph with no ROFL

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Posted by becky
a resident of Danville
on Mar 25, 2010 at 8:14 am

Actually, I liked the new website. I have found this particular site to be rather static. The same articles are posted again until they receive attention. Hopefully competition will be good for both. Dolores would do well to do follow up on her stories.


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Posted by Steve
a resident of Alamo
on Mar 25, 2010 at 10:46 am

Oh please! How innovative is their site if half their stories are taken directly from other news sources? I looked at their site yesterday and 90percent of the stories on there I read here weeks ago. Just because something is new doesn't mean better.

And for them to be spamming this website hawking theirs as something refreshing is just classless and disingenuous.


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Posted by Ralph N. Shirlet
a resident of another community
on Mar 25, 2010 at 12:39 pm

Ralph N. Shirlet is a registered user.

Dear Dolores,

Let's add focus to this discussion through further responses from regional focus polling.

Your long-time readers have recognized The Danville Weekly in the initial years as a trusted local and regional news source that would dig passed the politics to provide regional issues and the scope of community opinion. By contrast, on-line news sources are readership services repeating articles from recent publications and major news services. The real contrast between YOU and other publications is community perspective in the stories and editorials YOU provide.

So, in this exchange, let's invite readers in your service area that use on-line news sources to describe their preferred story content. Should stories include the in-depth, timely presentation of local issues, the perspective of all sides, the political benefit and who it benefits?

What else do your readers want from on-line news sources? Should news be more than the superficial contents of Facebook and Twitter news coverage?

Again, one HAL of a challenge. This time for your readers.

Ralph without ROFL


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Posted by Pedal Power
a resident of Danville
on Mar 25, 2010 at 10:55 pm

Dear Dolores,

Many thanks for keeping this site going. I get most of my national news off the radio, while commuting, but like getting on here to see what is going on in the 'hood.

If you want to change the format, fine, if you want to keep it the same that is fine too; I'll be your loyal reader as long as you keep writing.

Keep up the good work!

Best regards.


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