From the Editorial Desk — Building Brick by Brick – Farmville


From the editorial office — Building brick by brick

Posted 3:20 p.m. on Sunday, September 18, 2022

growing, I was a huge Legos fan. I loved building things, starting from scratch and seeing how far I could go. Skyscrapers, castles, space shuttles and football stadiums, I assembled them one by one, listening but not necessarily to the advice of family members when they got too high.

The final products were then displayed at my grandparents’ house until next time. Now things are a bit different. It’s me who posts or advises my nephew who doesn’t listen better than me.

But my love for building never went away. It just turned into hobbies like carpentry, which I learned from my grandfather, and construction operations like The Herald. In this case, I am certainly not starting from scratch. The foundations were laid here decades ago and have been completed over the years. What I’m working on now is putting the next bricks in place, so that we can continue to grow.

Added some new bricks

Last week I talked about the painful part, explaining that due to inflation we had to raise prices. But I ran out of space before I could review the items we add.

Some of those things you’ve seen before. We have a high school football notebook that will appear weekly. I will be working on this, with the help of some of our other staff, providing notes on last week’s matches and preparing you for those still to come. The reason we don’t do game stories in the newspaper is because of the weather. Basically, by the time the newspaper comes out the following Wednesday, it’s been over five days since the game took place. It just seems dated to me. I prefer to highlight what happened, stats and players from across the region.

We are also increasing our coverage of schools and local government. We’ll keep you posted on what’s happening and when, so you can participate if you wish. My goal here is to be a community resource, to answer questions from residents. If you want to know when early voting starts, we can help. Want to know when high-speed Internet construction will begin in your area? We can also answer this. We’ll keep you posted on what’s happening at local government meetings, walk into schools and yes, we’ll likely have a few more talks to cover in regards to the Kingsville Roundabout.

A few more changes

There will also be exclusive pieces. By this I mean that some of our materials will only appear in the print edition of the journal and others will only be available online. Why? Because some stories work better that way.

By that I mean if we do any type of breaking news, it will be online. This way you don’t get dated documents printed. The print version will be a follow-up, asking and answering all questions from the original story. For example, when news broke Sunday night that schools in Lunenburg were closed on Monday, our sister newspaper the dispatch had a story online that night and was providing updates the next day. The printed story, meanwhile, focused on what happens next, getting answers from parents and looking at what changes due to decisions made this week.

There will also be personnel changes here. We are working to add more journalists. This includes another full-time staff member and a few other new faces, freelancers who will report to the region. You’ve seen stories of some of these people before, including James Robinson and Melisa Canizales. You will see more in the days and months to come.

Ask for help

This is where we are with the herald and its sister papers. I wanted to give an explanation, because I am very attached to transparency. Love it or hate it, at least you’ll understand why a decision happened in my mindset.

Before concluding, I have one more thing to mention. Regarding the content, I ask for your help. Let me know what kind of thing you would like us to tackle. What kind of stories do you want to see? Do you have any questions you would like answered? If so, email me at [email protected] or call (434) 808-0622. I can’t promise to respond immediately, but I’ll get back to you.

BRIAN CARLTON is the editor of The Farmville Herald and Farmville Newsmedia, LLC. He can be reached at [email protected]


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