Sometimes with the hustle in the newsroom, mistakes get made: a misspelled word here, grammar error their (see what I did there?). For the most part, these mistakes are small in appearance but make an impact on the quality of a product we provide.
In the August 31, edition of the Pioneer Review, it goes without saying that these errors existed; a couple of very embarrassing mistakes were made. For that, we sincerely apologize and are embarrassed.
For those who’ve not read the Aug. 31 edition, the primary mistakes I am referring to are the words “blah, blah, blah” located in the caption below some of the Pierce Football photographs.
First, and foremost, I am surprised that the mistake even made it past our critical eyes. I must honorably say, the error was accidental and in no way meant to be offensive, or convey any meaning. We’ve decided to own the mistake, and deeply apologize,
How could this of happened? As the paper expands, our staff has been taking on new responsibilities. With this, we had a hiccup with our layout process – a growing pain to be exact. As with any mistake, hiccup, or growing pain, it is a learning opportunity and with this, we’ve certainly learned our lesson.
With egg on our face, we must move forward. It has never been of my nature to take a step back.
As a team, we’ve learned some great concepts with this opportunity, and we are developing an appropriate schedule that will fit the needs of the publication and ensure our readers a quality product.
The first rule of order was to commission a copy editor and develop a style guide that makes us consistent with our reporting. With that said, we hope mistakes happen less frequently, and errors such as the one made last week never happen again.
For those who have been avid readers of the Pioneer Review, I thank you for your support and guidance. It has been quite the ride the last eight years, and these last three have been a roller coaster.
As most are aware, Brian Pearson joined the Pioneer Review in June and since then, he has made phenomenal contributions to the newspaper. With pride and much ambition, he has taken on the leadership of managing our Sports page, something you’ve all been wanting to see in the newspaper. Each week, Brian has been actively developing and gathering content for the sports page and the regular paper. Brian has been an exceptional addition to our publication, and I look forward to each contribution he makes.
With that said, the Colusa County Sports section is one of the newest features to the newspaper. Keeping with our hyper-local new approach, the Sports page aims to cover sports in the county. With a two-person news team, this can be difficult. We’ve got a big county, and we all love our sports. As we develop our Sports page, we are looking for advertisers and sponsors for the page. If you are interested, give us a call at (530) 458-4141, and we’d be happy to discuss the options available — one that includes sponsoring the “player of the week.” The sponsorships and advertisements on the sports page will help with various costs associated with growth and content development, and keep the sports page in color.
Most recently, we’ve added Leanne Conley to our team. Leanne will be serving as our front office assistant Monday – Wednesday. More importantly, she is our Advertising Sales Representative and will be working with local and regional businesses on advertising solutions.
For the last four months, it has been quite amazing to see this publication grow and watch progress ensue very quickly. Many of my year goals were brought to life very quickly, and we continue to grow each week. I look forward to providing our community with the best local news, with a newspaper that is locally owned and operated. I value all of your opinions and suggestions. Feel free to send me an email at email@example.com, or give me a call at (530) 458-4141, or stop by our office located at 611 Bridge Street in Colusa.
To end this rather lengthy column, I would like to ask — if you haven’t already — please subscribe to the paper. We offer home delivery in most areas, delivery by mail, as well as a digital eEditon emailed to you each week.
For now, it’s back to deadline day — and I need to refill my coffee cup.
Thanks for reading,
Lloyd Green Jr.