We at the Missourian are giving some thought to how we can reach out to our neighbors more, and we want to do that in ways that make sense for you and your life.
I know how I use the news, and a lot of it has to do with the smart phone my husband thinks must be attached to me with an invisible umbilical cord. But I also know I have an unusual (addictive? unhealthy?) relationship with the news and can't use myself as an example.
Which is why my colleagues and I are hoping to hear from you about how you interact with your news. A few of the things we're thinking about and curious about:
- Have you ever commented on a story on ColumbiaMissourian.com? If so, what inspired you to do it? Sometimes, the motivation is a controversial issue, like when we put up a question about Tasers and 1,100 of you took a survey to let us know where you stood.
- Do you use Facebook for news and community information, or just for more personal things? A million and a half people have "liked" National Public Radio on Facebook. How can we be a more fluid part of your stream of updates there?
- How about Twitter? If you use it, is it a news source for you? Check out this list of influential tweets of 2010 as an example of how news can travel.
- Or would you prefer ways to interact with us in person? Some news organizations, such as the Chicago Tribune, are hosting events as a way to make connections and share collective community experiences. How can we contribute to the community's conversations in that way?
Some dedicated students (Harumendhah Helmy, Lauren Pinder and Abbie Schmid) are working with me on some of these ideas. We've put together a survey that should take no more than five minutes. We promise it's quick and doesn't get too detailed. If you get a chance to click through, we'd sure appreciate it.
If you want to share your thoughts in a more specific or detailed way, I'd love to talk to you. You can find me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 882-8182.
We want to share information and interact with you in ways that feel natural to you. Your time is a gift, and we'd sure appreciate it if you could invest five minutes in your relationship with us.
Joy Mayer is an editor at the Missourian. She's out of the newsroom this year while on a fellowship at the Reynolds Journalism Institute and is eager to get back to actually doing journalism for a living.