Our local newspaper struggles with “beyond the county” news

The Union is promoting more “beyond the county” news. But it needs much more careful editing and expertise to handle the task. As a reader here noted: “They cut and pasted an AP story and didn’t get it all. It cuts off at “’In July.'” Here’s what the editing left out: “In July, Francis issued a broad apology for the church’s sins against indigenous peoples.” (see screen grab below).

The more in-depth, staff-written account in the Bee is here.

Meanwhile, the silliness on The Union’s Op-Ed page continues with “those who reject mainstream climate science” (new AP style) filling up the “letters to the editor” page. This time it’s Bob Hren, who just had a letter published on the topic on Sept. 4 (less than three weeks ago).

This is so ridiculous: with 60K people in our western county, you know people have more on their mind.  The Op-Ed page increasingly shows the divergence between The Union’s readership and the community as a whole.


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.

4 thoughts on “Our local newspaper struggles with “beyond the county” news”

  1. Good point.

    Did you catch Michae E. Mann’s scourging take down to Norm Sauer’s inaccurate diatribe about climate science published in The Union the next day? Michael Mann is a pioneer in climate science at Penn State. How would he have he time to do that? I wish he had replied to Rebane.

  2. Yes, the WSJ had a front page article on that topic. WSJ owner Rupert Murdoch is not a Catholic but he donated large sums to the Church, and ex-wife #1 Anna is a devote Roman Catholic.

  3. Hope this helps the dummies on Todd’s blog (who lack schooling in current affairs): “Rupert Murdoch was made a Knight Commander of St. Gregory in 1998. Although not a Catholic, he had apparently been recommended for the honor by Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles after giving money to a Church education fund. A year later he also donated $10 million to help build Los Angeles’ new Catholic cathedral.”

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