“Connecting the dots” is a phrase journalists use for connecting fragments of information to help the readers along. It requires some institutional knowledge and good research skills.
The Union has a front-page article this weekend titled “Groups endorse candidates, ballot measures and hope members listen in Nevada County.”
It refers to an outfit that calls itself “Sierrans for Responsible Resource Development” and reads: “David Watkinson, president and chairman of the Sierrans’ board, said he wants the endorsements to reach his membership and then hopefully spread to those who show interest in the resource industry. According to Watkinson, the Sierrans asked Duane Strawser, a candidate for the District 1 seat on the Board of Supervisors, to speak to his group. It didn’t speak to his opponent, Heidi Hall. The Sierrans then endorsed Strawser.
“We will endorse candidates from time to time, when we think it’s appropriate,” Watkinson said.
First of all, what a farce of a process in terms of endorsing candidates. But The Union also failed to connect the dots. If Watkinson’s name sounds familiar, it should. As his bio on the Sierrans’ website states: “David Watkinson is a mining engineer by education and is currently President and CEO of Emgold Mining Corporation, a public mining company listed on the Toronto Venture Stock Exchange in Canada and OTCQB in the U.S.”
Emgold, of course, was the ill-conceived gold mining project that Grass Valley mulled (reopening the Idaho-Maryland mine) — until it fizzled out. (Even local gadfly Steve Enos thought it was a bad idea! LOL). Read YubaNet’s “Golden Gamble in Grass Valley.”
One of the problems with the revolving door at The Union, including three publishers since 2012, is the lack of institutional knowledge in reporting the news. The internet is changing how we communicate.