Half of The Union’s “community” editorial board members are now insiders

In 2014, with much fanfare, The Union launched a new community editorial board. The original members are here.

Since then, more of The Union’s insiders have joined this “community editorial board” — The Union city editor, a staff writer for The Union, the Wildwood Independent editor (a “sister” paper of The Union) have joined the The Union’s publisher, editor, cartoonist and events manager. Another represents one of The Union’s biggest advertisers. All told, that’s eight of 16.

In addition, two of the most outspoken proponents for the “local left” — Cheryl Cook and Reinette Senum — are gone. Meanwhile, original “local right” proponents Stan Meckler (founder of the local Tea Party Patriots) and Norm Sauer are still on the “team.”

The Editorial Board’s current roster of 16 includes Andy Burton, Rachel Helm, Paul Matson, Maryn Miller, Stan Meckler, Megan Ross, Bob O’Brien, Norm Sauer, Lynn Wenzel, The Wildwood Independent Editor Mike Dobbins, along with The Union Cartoonist R.L. Crabb, Events Manager Mary Anne Davis, Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, City Editor Ross Maak, Publisher Don Rogers and Editor Brian Hamilton, according to this post.

Perhaps The Union should add a “public editor” to scrutinize the paper itself, like the New York Times and others. Otherwise, don’t expect much introspection. And consider that the vocal local right such as Meckler and Sauer are still entrenched.

“Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.”

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.

2 thoughts on “Half of The Union’s “community” editorial board members are now insiders”

  1. Thanks, but all I read in The Union is how irrelevant bloggers are, what small audiences they have, how social media is “fake news” etc. What could I possibly contribute?

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