Why can’t The Union columnist Boardman get public officials to talk to him?

I feel sorry for subscribers of The Union. As it turns out, the community newspaper’s weekly columnist and member of The Union’s editorial board can’t find a way to get our local public officials to talk to him — in a small town, no less.

“When contacted by The Union, Supt. Louise Johnson and two trustees declined to comment, and the district has yet to respond formally to the report,” George writes in his column this morning.

“(School board trustee) Klauer didn’t respond to a request for comment,” he adds.

Inside the “sausage factory” of journalism, this one-way street of communications is a “red flag” to editors that a staffer, or in this case, a columnist has a reputation for being unfair.

It means it’s time for “sit down” to discuss news-gathering practices.

I guess The Union’s management hasn’t got the memo. But if they’re worried about their community perception and relevancy, they ought to ask around. It’s becoming an open secret.

 

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

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