Editor asks for information about what his audience wants to read
Mike Davies, Editor-in-Chief Ω
Well, here we are. Seven issues into volume 23 and I’m happy to say we have been doing an exceptional job and in no way are we leaving anything out of our publication that should be included.
This is where you go, “That’s fairly presumptuous and arrogant of you to say, Davies.”
Why yes it is, but that’s the only assumption I can make when no one complains about our coverage of campus or suggests any ways in which we can improve.
That’s not to say I actually believe that above statement, though. Sure, I think we’re doing pretty well, but I know there are places in which our coverage is lacking.
For example, there’s an entire demographic of this campus that is fairly underrepresented here, and it’s one that has getting more and more interest over the years — not just in terms of student enrollment, but also from government and industry.
That demographic is, of course, those interested in the trades.
While we have, for the first time in years, hired on a science and technology editor, who can get you some news on what’s going on in the technology sector here and there, it sure would be nice if there were a few people he could turn to who are interested in what’s going on in the trades building or in various industries and could help fill the rest of you in.
Here’s where you say, “Way to pass the buck, Davies. Pawning off your work on everyone else, and blaming others for your failures….”
Well, it’s not a sign of weakness to ask for help, and the truth is there are only so many hours in a week, and so much that one person can do in an hour. With limited resources in terms of both finances and time, there will always be gaps in our coverage, and this is one of the areas that I am asking for help.
Of course, maybe our readership doesn’t care what’s going on in the trades. While that would be unfortunate — because you really should — I can’t really blame you for wanting to turn your attention to whatever it is you’re here to accomplish.
So what is that?
Let us know so we can serve you better.
Do you want more information about events happening around Kamloops you should be attending? What kinds of events? Ones where you learn and/or develop skills that will help you down the road like the writers workshop featured this week? Or ones where you can “let your hair down” and step away from your ever-increasing workload and just forget about academics for a bit? Say…like heading up to the cinema to see Captain Phillips, which is apparently very good?
I’ve said it before, and I’ll probably end up saying it again, we can’t get you what you need unless you tell us what that is. If you actually do think we’re doing an exceptional job, you could tell us that, too.
If not, how can we get better, and what are you going to do to help us do that?