This is your paper – let’s hear from you

By on March 6, 2018

Richard McGuire, editor, the Osoyoos Times.

Newspapers are constantly evolving and this week you’ll start to see a few subtle and some not-so-subtle changes to the Osoyoos Times.

Every editor has his or her own style and as I step into the editor’s role following the departure last week of Keith Lacey, you’ll see some changes that reflect my priorities as an editor.

Most important to me is that a newspaper must reflect the community. Whether it’s the large and small successes of individuals, interesting local people, the initiatives of community groups or decisions by community leaders, we want to tell those stories.

Since I moved to Osoyoos in December 2012 to take the position of reporter/photographer, I’ve tried to become a part of this community even outside of working hours.

My priority as editor will be to tell stories about Osoyoos and the South Okanagan that interest and matter to this community. Conversely, if it’s not local, it doesn’t belong in a community newspaper.

But over the course of my career in journalism, which started in 1980, I’ve learned that every community is different and what works in one community newspaper may not work in another.

There will be trial and some errors as I try to find the right mix for Osoyoos. I hope that readers will tell me when they think we can do better and will offer constructive suggestions on how we can improve.

In that regard, I hope to meet with as many readers at large as possible, as well as community leaders, to hear your ideas. I invite you to drop by our office and chat with me – though please be aware the Mondays and Tuesdays are always hectic, so I prefer to meet people later in the week.

In recent years, the Osoyoos Times has become much more than a printed paper. Now most of our stories also appear on the OsoyoosTimes.com website and many are posted on social media.

Besides reflecting the shift in the way that people get their news, our online presence provides the opportunity to show photos that might not make it into the printed newspaper, as well as audio and video to offer another view.

Also, our internet presence allows us to update breaking news – in contrast with the newspaper, which provides a more leisurely read of the past week’s news highlights, sometimes with more detail.

Two names that you’ll be seeing more of in the Osoyoos Times are Lyonel Doherty and Vanessa Broadbent, my highly esteemed colleagues.

Many of you will know of course that Lyonel is the editor of our sister paper, the Oliver Chronicle, and he has won numerous awards for his work there. Lyonel also has a background at the Osoyoos Times and he knows this community very well.

The reality is that many services for Osoyoos residents – South Okanagan General Hospital, School District 53, the Osoyoos Indian Band office and others – are based in Oliver. Lyonel has already been covering those stories for our readers and you’ll probably see more from this highly skilled journalist.

Very recently, you may have noticed Vanessa’s byline. Vanessa is a breath of fresh air. She’s young and female, representing demographic that has sometimes been overlooked by us aging males.

Vanessa is very adept at social media and internet, and she’s skilled at writing many short news items that readers want.

One quite major change you’ll notice this week is that we’ve eliminated our television listings. This decision was made long before I became editor and it is based on consultations with our readers.

I know that a few people who use those listings won’t be happy. But we’ve found that most readers are not using them, and they take up four full pages that could be used for community news instead.

It no longer makes sense to list just a few Eastlink channels when so many other channels are available, and when many readers get their television from Telus Optik TV, satellite or over the internet.

If you are inconvenienced, please talk to us and we’ll be happy to suggest other options.

Once again, the Osoyoos Times is your news source. Please tell us when we do things right and when we fail to meet your expectations.

As the new editor, I’m always happy to hear from you. Except maybe on a busy Tuesday.

RICHARD McGUIRE

Osoyoos Times

 

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2 Comments

  1. Elaine Taylor

    March 17, 2018 at 8:46 pm

    Congratulations Richard on becoming our new Osoyoos Times editor…..I know you will be fabulous in this position…..we might miss some of you amazing photographs but maybe you’ll keep on adding them to our paper…..thanks

  2. Richard McGuire

    March 18, 2018 at 9:05 am

    Thanks very much Elaine. I will continue to do as much photography as ever for the Osoyoos Times.

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