We appreciate the thousands of NewsLincolnCounty.com readers who rely on this website every day to keep them better informed on local, regional, and at times, national issues. Our commitment is to not only continue this vital service but to make it even better.
NewsLincolnCounty.com is making some news gathering changes that will produce even more important and timely news and community information from Lincoln City to Yachats and from Newport to Eddyville. We are launching a more “issues oriented” approach to informing our community. We will continue to cover local city councils, school board, business and environmental agencies along with ports, the county commission and other vital local, state and federal agencies. But we’ll do it with more of an eye toward the bigger picture of how the community is “trending;” what is more powerfully affecting us in stages. These larger and more slower moving “issues” too often slip under the radar and frequently pop up and surprise us and sometimes not for the good.
Something wonderful is happening to news reporting across this country that we are going to put to work right here on the coast. It is a way of covering the news with more eyes and ears than just a few news reporters wandering from public meeting to public meeting and publishing their notes hoping they “got it right.” This “something wonderful” is the INTERNET!
The internet is huge. We take it with us everywhere. No matter where we go, there it is, offering us limitless opportunities to stay connected. If you’ve got a cell phone, you’re a news reporter. You can dial a newsroom and tell them what you saw and heard, and even send them a picture of it. Newsrooms nationwide are receiving photos of just about everything that human beings are capable of doing. In short, we want to hear from YOU! We want to know what is on your mind. We want you to become part of a wider and deeper dialog about living on the Central Coast.
Again, we’ll do most of the heavy lifting by keeping you up to date on what local and regional government agencies are up to. However, we invite you to comment more on the news and generate a little bit of news of your own. If you have a police scanner and hear something going on, call us. We’ll take it from there. If you are near an emergency event, snap a picture and send it to us at Dave@NewsLincolnCounty.com. We’ll give you written credit (if you want) in the story. Many of our readers are already doing this. But consider this an OPEN INVITATION to everyone with a scanner and/or a camera to contribute to the daily goings-on in the community. If it’s something sensitive and you don’t want your name on it, we’ll keep your name out of it. If it’s something that’s evolving and hasn’t quite gotten to the point of being publishable, we’ll keep you privately “in the loop” so you’ll know when it IS publishable.
Many “internet-only” news organizations are popping up all over the country bringing a quantity and quality of news reporting that everyone thought they were already getting with traditional, or “legacy news” operations. But they weren’t. However, readers of NewsLincolnCounty.com have learned that news reporting is a vital DAILY if not HOURLY requirement for a community to be prepared for everything from a Tsunami warning to an important decision on how we spend our precious public money. And of course, the vitality of any democracy is determined by the quality and timeliness of information made available to its citizenry.
Another thing. Our colleges and universities are graduating young, bright, well educated and motivated citizens who are committed to joining the reporter ranks of our country’s news profession. But because traditional news media outlets, especially newspapers, have been shrinking in readership and thereby in numbers of reporters, it’s created a difficult challenge for these up and coming young people to find work.
The emergence of internet-only news websites is laying the groundwork for their employment, because these internet-only sites are re-defining how most Americans get their news. Endless research and studies have shown that more people get their news from the internet today than from any other source except television (and the internet is quickly closing the gap). But in communities that don’t have their own TV station, it’s the internet.
So, again, consider this an invitation to the community to become active in a way that has not been possible in the past. Got an opinion about something? Know of something coming up or an issue that no one knows about or hasn’t covered? E-mail us at Dave@NewsLincolnCounty.com. Hear about a major police or fire event on your police scanner, CALL us at 541-351-1408. Do NOT call emergency dispatch and ask for information. LINCOM will be waaaay too busy. Just call us, and we’ll take it from there.
Times are not only changing, THEY HAVE ALREADY CHANGED! The internet is unquestionably the new gold standard for citizens who want to be better informed about their community, state and country. If we all pitch in, we’ll grow this shiny new opportunity for all of us to become more productively involved. There will be some who just want to give us story tips. Some will prefer to write letters to the editor. Yet others will want and deserve their own opinion columns. The possibilities are endless.
Let’s explore them together!