QUINCY PAPERLESS NEWSPAPER, INC: REFLECTIONS OF A NON-JOURNALIST
If I were going to start a web-based news organ, I think I would ask myself, "What can I really hit out the park that the MSM can't?" I think that would mean, I wouldn't set the standard for myself that I was going to scoop the local MSM. What I could do was build detailed, thoughtful features, with research and quotes and stats. What I could do is follow up stories that happened a long time ago to see if people did what they said they would do. What I could do is analysis of governmental or NGO decisions which really effect people's lives. How many people, for example are going to be in tax default because of the Co. Treasurer's decision NOT to send the tax bill to the entity with the money (the bank). Follow-ups on stuff like that would be great and there is really no space limitation for me.
What I could do would be have cartoons which were fun and provocative but which could never make it in the MSM. What I could do would be have a video sampling of sermons or homilies from various church services. Maybe even one each Sunday? What I could do would be have interactive references for golf, bridge and tennis folks. Man, could I put together a TV Listing that would whack hell out of the MSM. Why couldn't I do video of selected local Tavern each week? What's wrong with a restaurant critic?
You'd best believe I'd offer to put up a listing of JWCC current courses.
And why couldn't I do my editorials on video, letters to the editor in audio?
In other words, I'd lose the "scoop" mentality and do stuff that made the most of my format.
I'd sure fix the blogs so comments would go through in less than two business days. I'd probably have more than one view point in my blogs, too.
But that's just me and, as I've said many times, I know nothing about journalism.