Among the news service researchers, editors and conference board members there are many that are traveling home to enjoy family this week. With destinations throughout North America and Asia, some will celebrate a traditional USAmerican Thanksgiving visit with parents, relatives and friends while others will bring thoughts of thanksgiving to Asia, Canada, and South America. Even more are returning from foreign assignment to enjoy their hometowns in our corridors.
It has been a significant news year in our East Bay corridors covering redistricting, campaign start-ups, economic events, and local issues. Certainly, May 2011 to present has generated growth in news interest and greater organization and growth in neighborhoods and community groups as a news audience. As a result, Express and other on-line social news sites have seen readership growth and expanded areas of coverage as communities throughout Contra Costa and Alameda counties find more in-common news interests in new districts, new candidates and new voter demographics.
Sadly, we are seeing shrinkage in print journalism and loss of talented editors and reporters. Hopefully, at the same time, we are seeing more opportunity in subscriber and open publication of news on-line to engage the same talented journalists in more direct, interactive publications and editors’ forums. As we move through the joys of our holiday season, refreshed by celebrations of hope and goodwill, on-line readers will be looking for economic and political coverage in the new year unmatched in the past history of county and local elections.
More of all campaigns will be decided on-line with social networks, on-line e-exchanges and on-line viral campaigns delivering campaign messaging, immediate fact-checking and disclosure. Candidates will not be able to hide from their political history and will be required by voters to provide earnest disclosures of the past and future service to communities and neighborhoods. What happens in Bay Point, Discovery Bay, Danville, and more communities throughout Contra Costa will matter to all voters as more determined voters look for greater expertise and service capability from each candidate.
There will be excellent opportunities for candidates, news media and political/economic groups to engage a large voting audience interests in significant knowledge of the issues of each campaign. There will be little patience for those that would suppress fulfillment of knowledge important to voters. At this thanksgiving, let us thank our rights to communication and discover what brings us together as governments led by WE, the people and our right to KNOW.
Joyous wishes at Thanksgiving and hearty celebration of Yule Tide’s bringing of a new year in news.