as published in the Blytheville Courier News on Saturday, October 15, 2016
Unfortunately, any time people do things differently; there is a natural skepticism. I get that. But, the world is constantly changing and so is print journalism. No longer is it enough to simply put out a newspaper (which is in and of itself a mammoth task), but now live, instantaneous and oftentimes interactive content must be provided as well. In that way, the newspaper industry has improved. But, it also includes a learning curve for those of us (nearly all in the industry) that did not go to college to be trained in networking, video production, video editing, etcetera.
While simply being able to ask good questions, develop sources, write well and ‘paste up stories’ was enough in the past; it simply isn’t now. And quite frankly, I don’t’ want it to be. I say all this to say that the first time a steel worker operates a newly installed, expensive, state of the art piece of equipment…there will be problems (either with the equipment or the learning curve of the operator). The first time that a baker uses a new, state of the art rotating convection oven, their first loaves of bread might be a little dark. The first time a teacher attempts to use a smart-board in their classroom, it might not work. But, those innovations should not be avoided, feared or resisted because innovation allows us to do more and to do it all better.
Having said that, I pledge to you that the CN will continue to innovate. We will continue to develop new content that is valuable, informative, entertaining and relevant. We will strive to do all these things without flaw or blemish, but I can tell you now…sometimes it won’t be.
Our future debates will be recorded using the same technology that I record my CN Chats and we will be acquiring an external microphone to improve sound quality. Then once the debates are concluded, we will post them in their entirety. They will not technically be live, but they will be (using an old TV term) “live to tape”. They will still have the LIVE feel and we will not edit them.
But be warned. There will be times in the future that we will go live and by then, hopefully we will have mastered our learning curve and you won’t see the blemishes. If so great – if not, please be patient. We’re all still a work in progress.