How The Union mines a divided community

“This is the most politically divided community I’ve run across, and the ratio of liberals to conservatives has largely evened up in recent years,” The Union’s publisher Don Rogers writes in his column this week.

“It’s been suggested to me that this division is just newspaper exaggeration by amplification. People with bigger bees in their bonnet are more likely to write stinging op-eds and letters, after all. This is true to an extent, but it’s deeper than that. I find more people here a lot less generous toward folks with the ‘wrong’ views.

“We need to recognize this so we can do something about it. This one might be the easiest of this Big Three to solve. All we have to do is listen to understand; we don’t have to agree. Good grief.”

Don, The Union mines a divided community on its op-ed page, with its “anything goes” policy — a recurring theme here. You can do something about that!

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.

3 thoughts on “How The Union mines a divided community”

  1. And here’s how The New York Times handles Op-Eds:
    “Once you have signed the contract, an editor will work with you to make the piece acceptable to both us and you. Sometimes that is complicated. If your piece has the germ of an idea we find fascinating but feels jumbled and out of order, we will probably ask you to revise it. We will never tell you what to think, but we will always try to make your thinking and your writing as clear and orderly as possible. We will try to help you strengthen your argument. We want your thinking to win converts.
    “In the end, you are the author. If you are unhappy with an edit, you can take back the piece. We would never run something over the objections of a writer, and the writer, always gets to see it before we run it. The writer however, never gets to choose the headline, or the art that goes with a piece.”

  2. If this is unclear, perhaps we should name names. This is not hard to fix. The issue is whether The Union has the gumption to fix it. I’m not sure.

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