Start benchmarking performance of politicians

Start benchmarking performance of politicians It’s customary to rate the president’s performance after the first hundred days in office. The stark contrast in personalities and policies of Donald Trump and Joe Biden provides plenty of observations and commentary....

A salute to those who wave the editorial banner

A salute to those who wave the editorial banner Last summer’s Grassroots Editor still sits in my stack of journalism publications. The edition announced the Golden Quill winners in annual competition sponsored by the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors....

Initiate conversations with your readers

Initiate conversations with your readers A reader questions your policy for reporting suicides. A retailer challenges your staff to produce timely and relevant business news.  A reporter is confronted for printing a press release charging a candidate with unfair...

Make public affairs coverage relevant and timely

Make public affairs coverage relevant and timely How many newsrooms have received complaints about coverage of local public affairs – specifically meetings? It might be the city council, school board, county board or one of the numerous other government bodies under...

Don’t close books just yet on 2020 elections

Don’t close books just yet on 2020 elections Mention election coverage in the aftermath of this year’s tumultuous presidential contest, and many newsrooms will likely turn a collective deaf ear. For most editors and reporters, the next cycle of elections is the...