You Can’t Cover Everything

This one happens more than you’d think.

As a reporter covering multiple towns, I’m sure that I’m not alone with trying to be two places at once.

With lots of meetings going on, I can usually get to two towns in one night. It’s not always perfect, but I get it done.

These towns aren’t exactly close together and, at times, it’s pretty hectic.

Meetings aside, there are a lot of events that we cover, as well.

Sometimes meetings get cut out those nights, or we try to do them all. It’s easier said than done, but most of the time we have to remind people that we just can’t cover everything.

Some newspapers cover all the events and leave the meetings out. Some papers are able to cover both. At the Chronicle we stick to the meetings and, if a event or situation arises, it’s decided on a case-by-case basis.

It’s not that we don’t want to cover any events. Events make for better pictures and, sometimes, are just more fun in general. But we stick to what we do and that’s it. I think our editors pride themselves on our meeting coverage, the loyalty of our sources and the dedication we have to hard news.

We have daily features, sure, but we are really a local newspaper.

As a reporter, it gets a bit frustrating when people get upset that you can’t come out to their event. I have no idea how many times I’ve had to explain our situation to others. Some respect it, while others get pretty upset. I can’t really blame them, but we just can’t do it. Why lie to them and say we’ll be there, when we know we won’t send anyone?

I think it’s realistic to expect to cover a lot of events and meetings, no matter what paper you are at. I think all reporters know that.

The stress of trying to cover as many events and meetings can add up. For me, it takes awhile to build up. You think you can do something, until you realize you can’t be in two places at once. It’s a pretty unsettling feeling. Even with great planning, a lot of things just fall through.

It’s just the way life is or we have to develop time travel.

Jonathan

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3 Responses to You Can’t Cover Everything

  1. NebraskANN says:

    Depending on the event, photos are often all you need to take journalistic note and catch the flavor for readers. Pictures alone won’t capture a meeting — unless, of course, it turns into a hockey match.

    • I agree.

      I didn’t expand on that, but I should have. Some events, as you wrote, really don’t need a story. Pictures are great for stand-alone photos of smaller events.

      Pictures for meetings aren’t really anything to write home about, unless the meeting has controversial issues or has the possibility of a “hockey match.”

      Thanks for commenting. I really appreciate it.

      Jonathan

  2. opiningquill says:

    The meetings generate “news” an event is “history” and provides color and fluff but make the readers feel good. Events can be covered via remote, better known as a press release from a trusted source with a camera.

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