Friday, March 17, 2006

When news breaks, we fix it...

So far as I can tell, the Stowe Reporter was the first one today to "break" the news that the Public Service Board has approved VELCO's big power line upgrade for Lamoille County. A teaser is posted on our Web site, because I'm sure the major dailies — The Freeps and TA — will have coverage tomorrow, or Sunday, or most certainly sometime before we next go to press, which is on Thursdays.

That's the tough part about being a weekly newspaper. Even really important stuff, such as the VELCO approval or last week's guilty plea of wife-killer Edgar Whitney Jr, are old news by the time our weekly edition rolls around. The challenge then becomes to distinguish the coverage from that of the dailies. To me, that means devoting more space and more time into telling the complete story, providing context and other helpful extras like timelines.

So, it's Friday afternoon and I'm thinking about what our coverage of the VELCO decision will look like in next week's paper. It's a big deal in this community.

In the meantime, if you're interested in getting a refresher check out some of our past stories: The power line's proposal for decision way back in October and how the electricity shortage has put a freeze on most new development in Stowe.

Before I write the story on the VELCO approval, I have to read through and highlight the 90-page decision. I'm on page 26. Almost half-way there!
— Scott Monroe

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