The Star Observer Editorial Board’s Decision to Change the Way It Covers Winnipeg

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Published Friday, September 13, 2017 10:50 am

By MELISSA ROLFSWORTH

The Star Observer Editorial Board will meet to discuss the city’s current issues and decide what direction the newspaper will take moving forward.

What follows is an analysis of what is happening in the city of Winnipeg, and how the editorial board would like to see the newspaper take a different approach to its coverage as the city’s current issues begin to take affect.

This decision was reached after a meeting of the Editorial Board took place on Tuesday, Sept. 8. At that time, a group of community members and a few individuals from the city discussed various topics.

The board members decided to take the group’s suggestion seriously and consider a new direction for the newspaper. The group wanted the newspaper to take a more activist role, and to be more engaged with the community. As a result, the editorial board unanimously voted to give the group their blessing to make some changes to the way the newspaper covers the city moving forward.

The changes include:

Making it a priority for the editorial board to find at least one story that isn’t solely a reaction to the city’s current issues or a political story with no additional analysis of the city. It is to be more balanced and to be a watchdog of the City of Winnipeg.

Giving each board member a specific responsibility to cover a specific issue. They will now report on those issues directly to the editorial board.

Making it a priority for the editorial board to continue to cover news and events that matter, regardless of the city’s current issues.

Maintaining a balance that is respectful, and of fairness. It’s also to be more inclusive, and to not place too much blame or responsibility on city council.

The original plan was for the editorial board to discuss and make the changes. The editorial board gave the group time to gather the information and come up with a plan for how the newspaper can better serve the city.

The group was asked to provide their suggestions to the editorial board. At that time, more than 20 suggestions were presented and the editorial board was asked to decide which recommendations they thought were the right ones.

The editorial board will meet from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 21

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