Monday, April 22, 2013

Standard-Examiner: Your View May Be Our View: Readers Can Apply for Board

Perhaps YOU can help the Standard win that coveted (and long overdue) Pulitzer Prize

Thanks to a tip from one of our sharp-eyed Weber County Forum readers, we'll direct your attention this morning to a tantalizing Standard-Examiner April 19 "Behind the Headlines" column, in which S-E editor Andy Howell announces a fundamental shift in the composition of the S-E editorial board, the advisory body which forms the editorial opinions which are expressed daily on the S-E editorial page.

Following the lead of other great newspapers such as the Pulitzer Prize-winning Glens Falls Post-Star, the Standard is aiming to "open up membership on the board to the community" and is accordingly looking for an "opinionated reader from our circulation area" to fill a currently vacant editorial board "rotating" membership slot:
"So, if you find yourself complaining about our editorials on a regular basis, here’s your chance to change that. Then, your neighbors can complain to you about the editorials," says Editor Andy, with a tempting come-hither glint in his eye.

So what are you waiting for O Gentle Ones? Now's your chance to roll up your sleeves, and if nothing else, help the Standard-Examiner avoid occasional editorial blunders such as this:
Here's Mr. Howell's contact info for those readers who'd like to submit their essay and application, plucked straight form Friday's Andy Howell column:
Andy Howell is executive editor. He can be reached at 801-625-4210 or Mailing address is P.O. Box 12790, Ogden, UT 84412-2790.
Why not give it a go?  Can't hurt; might help. Who knows?  Perhaps YOU can help the Standard win that coveted (and long-overdue) Pulitzer Prize.


blackrulon said...

Would this be the same Standard Examiner that regularly refuses to print guest commentary by Dan Schroeder? The same Standard Examiner that fails to cover Dan Schroeder. and his open records battle?

Bob Becker said...

Yup. That's the one!

Bob Becker said...

The more I think about this, the less I like it. Seems to me, a paper's editorial stance ought to reflect the opinion of the paper ( however determined --- editorial board of staff, the publisher, the owner) , not the paper's readers. Second, if I were the civilian on the board, I'd feel bound, having taken part in a vote, by the decision, even if my side lost. That would mean I could not in good conscience write a letter to the editor or an op ed piece or blog postings separating myself from the resulting editorial and taking an oposite stand. ( Imagine, Rudi, you had been the civilian on the board when it voted to endorse, as it did, the re-election of Hizzonh, Mayor Godfrey.)

rudizink said...

Bingo, Bob. I've already determined that Andy won't be receiving my application ;-)

blackrulon said...

Your decling to submit your application seems to indicate a clear path to the board for Howard Ratcliffe.

rudizink said...

Howard would be an ideal board member, methinks; and I wouldn't want to do anything to stand in his way, of course.

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