Long podcast, today! Sometimes, the interview is so good, there is not much to cut. John and I actually talked for an additional ten minutes, and I hated to cut any of it. That’s because John has a great perspective on news, media, and community, and you need to hear what he has to say.
Unintended consequences. In today’s podcast, we are going to talk about how losing a major paper (The Tampa Tribune) will impact our lives, here in Pasco County. It won’t be particularly obvious, at first…But as news and editorial departments shrink, the workload on those that remain gets larger…And resources to cover big stories become scarce.
When we think of accountability for bad deeds, we tend to think about law enforcement investigations…And the police DO investigate and solve serious crimes, every day. But some crimes are less obvious…Some things that are improper are not even really illegal…And it is the job of investigative journalists to examine those questions.
Right now, a few of us are grappling with what that means for us, as far as our responsibility for, and role IN, news reporting in Pasco County, moving forward. I am NOT a journalist, in any formal sense. For you, the reader/listener on So Local Pasco, that may be meaningless…Especially if you agree with my editorial comments. Ultimately, there are not really any rules, for me, except to tell the truth. But there is a process of sifting information to arrive at truth that journalists…REAL ones…Do, every day. It is their diligence and attention that allow us to have access to critical information regarding the legal, criminal, political, and even emotional health of our community.
So enjoy my long conversation with John Tietz, the publisher and editor of NEWSPORTRICHEY, an online print media newspaper. Expect to see more links and cooperation between So Local Pasco and NewsPortRichey in the months to come!
Click below to visit John’s excellent local news and information website.