Surenough (and everyone else),
At the end of this message you will find a link to this week’s editorial that Surenough is referring too.
First, I would like to point out that just because something isn’t on the front page of the newspaper doesn’t mean it isn’t important. We feel very strongly that the Fire School is vital both to our community and others. However, the front section alone of the issue being discussed was fourteen pages. The story of the Fire School was placed on page five, not quite “towards the back” as described.
The out-of-town event that is described as taking up the front page was a photo spread of Harley’s 100th Birthday Celebration, an event with definite ties to the area. Photo spreads have a tendency to appear on the front page of any newspaper, especially if they are in vibrant colors. There was a description of the photos, as appears with nearly every picture, but not a story.
More importantly, the Fire School itself was NOT encouraging public attendance as they have in past years. This fact alone would help keep the story off the front page. In addition we were not told the location of many of the events (the training fires) until immediately before the fire itself, and even that required a follow-up request for the information. We are reluctant to place a large story on the front page telling everyone about the Fire School if those putting the event together don’t want the public to attend.
Finally, there were no press releases issued for this event. Press releases help provide much of the information needed to put together an article (even if it is simply contact information).
As previously stated, we feel the Fire School is a very important event. We also feel strongly that everything in the newspaper (not just the front page) is important or we wouldn’t put it there. We also took into consideration changes to this year’s Fire School, other events, etc. when deciding the placement of that week’s stories.
Please read the editorial for more information on the Tomahawk Leader’s involvement with local rescuers and this issue. 9-16-03 Editorial
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