One of the realities of working in journalism today is that almost no one works for “just” a newspaper or a “just” a television station. Instead, the infusion of the internet literally into our hands has created many new ways to deliver news and information. At The Columbian we have a website, an app, e-newsletters and social media outreach on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.
Most of these channels mirror our stories that appear in our print newspaper. You might get a video story or photo gallery to complement a print story, but there isn’t any original reporting done just for the newsletters, for example.
The exception is our podcast, Clark Talks. Currently, politics and government reporters Katy Sword and Jake Thomas are producing it monthly with help from others in the newsroom. This month, they interviewed Glen Morgan, a conservative activist from the Puget Sound area who combs Public Disclosure Commission records, looking for errors and omissions by Democrats, whom he then sues. He’s filed several of these suits in Clark County. In a previous episode, we talked with former Vancouver Congressman Brian Baird about his efforts to organize a more centrist political party.
April’s episode is No. 49. While that looks paltry compared to “The Simpsons,” for a bunch of print journalists, that’s not too bad. But we find that its audience is small yet steady, when we hoped it would be growing. That’s why I am asking you to do me a favor: Let me know what you’d like us to do. Do you listen to podcasts? Have you listened to ours? What recommendations do you have for us?
I would be grateful if you would drop me a note at email@example.com. And as always, thanks for reading (and listening).