As if this world wasn’t weird enough, we ended up giving a tour of the newsroom this week, and no one was there.
Before I tell you more about it, let me first observe that this pandemic has overstayed its welcome. After pausing many activities in March, we are now forced to find new ways to accomplish our goals. An important example in the news this week was the resumption of jury trials in Clark County.
Much less important was our “Meet the Media” session with the Public Relations Society of America’s local chapter. We’d done one of these several years ago, and it was successful. They brought sandwiches, we sat around and talked for an hour about how to pitch stories, and then I gave them a tour of the newsroom (somewhat interesting) and our pressroom (very interesting).
We had another one set for April 16, but of course that had to be postponed. Surely, we thought, by September the world would be safe again for sandwiches and conversation. No dice.
So we ended up with a video chat and bringing our own sandwiches, although I didn’t see the participants actually eat anything. Assistant Metro Editor Will Campbell, who is very good at video, provided a prerecorded tour of the eerily deserted newsroom.