I'm always open to constructive input from our readers, so my request to hear from the readers is not something new. However, I have a bit of a targeted request.
I'm considering the idea of hosting "Coffee with the Editor" sessions at a designated location in the community to allow for a little greater interaction and face-to-face time with the community.
The idea is still in its infancy, although it is something I have been thinking about for quite a while.
I haven't decided if I want to do it once a week, once every other week or maybe just once a month to start.
The sessions would be an opportunity - complete with free coffee -- where I would sit and visit with anyone who would like to attend. We would talk about stories in the paper, things going on in the community, and ideas for future stories. There are plenty of things the public hears about in its social circles that sometimes slips by the traditional news-gathering means.
As I see it, "Coffee with the Editor" would last about an hour, depending on interest. I would hope to include a guest. Perhaps someone from the city or county, maybe someone we've written about, perhaps someone associated with a specific issue. It would change from week to week.
Anyway, that's my idea. But I want to hear from you. Who would you like me to invite as a guest? What topics would you like to cover?
Provide me with your input so I can structure the coffee sessions in a fashion to be best received.
I'll be listening to your ideas and concerns All I ask is you come with a civil tongue and be willing to have a dialogue. Or you can just sit back and listen if you'd rather.
Right now I'm targeting Tuesday mornings for the coffee sessions, probably between 7-8 a.m. so we can get everyone off to work and school. Possible location is the Dream Center dining room. Like I said, it's all in the planning stages.
So I ask you, please provide some input, so when we move forward - targeting February - we'll have some good ideas to lead with.