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Last week we were able to put out a good newspaper.
Granted every week we put out a good newspaper. I know we don’t do everything right but I will argue with anyone who wants to say otherwise that the Times is a news organization that is well worth paying attention to. Between our print, online, texting and social networking services, we can deliver the news on more platforms than most people can handle.
And that brings me to this week’s point. Some people just don’t get it or don’t care to try to get it.
One day last week one of our staff members posted on Facebook calling for more Facebook page “likes” for a chance to win a pontoon boat rental. It was like the members of the “Josh Peterson Hate Club” were the moths and that Facebook post was the flame.
“Get rid of Josh Peterson and you will get more likes. He never does anything for this community,” read one post. That’s not verbatim, but close. (On a side note, I do find it flattering that the hate club is reading our Facebook).
It’s ironic that a post claiming the paper does nothing for the community came underneath a post offering a pontoon rental for our readers and was one post down from our news story about CHS and Hillsboro being named Reward Schools. It also came the same week that we penned and designed a front-page feature on a 12-year-old golfer and produced a 20-page fall sports preview highlighting all the youth and their accomplishments in the community.
But we do nothing for the community.
Wasn’t it a week or two ago that we published a photo of the paper donating 30 papers a week for free to the high school for educational purposes? But no one should like us?
Holly asked me how I handle things like that so well. My response is simple – I’m not going to be upset by anything that is so vindictive that the forest is hidden by the trees.
We have a solid staff here that works long, hard hours. No one gets into the newspaper business to get rich. In fact, most people live on noodles and water. That makes newspaper people unique, I think. I’ve watched people here work until one or two in the morning to finish a story for the website or fine-tune the newspaper design to make sure it’s perfect just because they are dedicated to the news. I take pride in leading that editorial effort. All of our news may not make everyone happy but not everything in the world is candy and nuts. Sometimes, the truth hurts.
Do we get everything right? No. But that is our goal and we strive towards it every single week and every single publication. You will notice, like clockwork, our paper is in your mailbox or in stores the same time every week and will continue to be because this staff works late nights and long hours on stories to publish news that matters.
Some don’t see it that way. But I’ve learned there is no pleasing those people no matter how hard we try. But we will continue to try.
It’s just what we do.
-Josh Peterson is the editor of the Manchester Times. He is a Tennessee Press Association award-winning writer and photographer. His column, “From the editor’s desk” won TPA first-place honors for best personal humor column. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 931-728-7577 ext. 105. Follow him on Twitter @joshpeterson29