Summit Daily editor’s column: Come join us on August 5 for coffee and conversation
August 1, 2016
In the old days of journalism, reporters and editors would present news like they were Moses coming down from Mount Sinai with a broadsheet in each arm.
Back then, there wasn't much of a conversation between journalists and readers. It was a top-down, we-know-best kind of relationship. The internet and social media changed all this. Today, in addition to old-school phone calls and even an occasional hand-written letter, we get a blizzard of Facebook comments and emails. We pore over website analytics that measure reader engagement. Sometimes, it feels like we're hearing from our readers all the time, 24/7, in one way or another.
But one form of communication has been overlooked — talking, face to face, over coffee. What's better than that? All of that snarky posturing that dominates in the Facebook comment section? It melts away when we meet in person, doesn't it? We're more polite, more civil when we sit down together and make eye contact. Emails, phone calls, Facebook comments are effective, but sometimes blunt instruments. There's not always a personal touch there.
With that in mind, the Summit Daily is bringing back the coffee klatch. Every month from now on, we'll invite our readers to join us for breakfast and conversation. We're calling it "What's Brewing?" At each event, we'll pick a single topic that resonates with the community and invite local experts to join the SDN staff and our most loyal readers.
The first issue we'll tackle in this series is workforce housing. Jennifer Kermode, the executive director of the Summit Combined Housing Authority, will join to keep us on track. But mainly, we want to know how you want to see this important, pressing issue covered in the pages of the Summit Daily.
Join us at 10 a.m. on Aug. 5 at our offices at 331 W. Main St. in Frisco. We'll have a spread of coffee and breakfast pastries from Blue Moon Bakery in Silverthorne. Though we'll focus on workforce housing as our main topic next Friday, we'll also encourage our guests to bring general questions and ideas on how we can improve what we do. This won't be about me monologuing while readers fight to stay awake. The main idea here is that we want to listen to you.
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Consider this column an invitation and not a commandment.
Ben Trollinger is the managing editor of the Summit Daily News. Call him at (970) 409-7262 or reach by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You might also invite him to coffee.
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