Paul Hughes and Matt Eidt: A rewarding experience
We’re writing because we want to express our appreciation for having been appointed community representatives on the most recent term of the Steamboat Pilot & Today’s Editorial Board.
We also want to say how much we enjoyed the experience, and we’d like to encourage other Steamboat residents to join the board. There are openings for six new Editorial Board members each year, so there are excellent opportunities to participate.
Perhaps the best part of being a member of the Editorial Board was the process of formulating editorial opinions. Every member of the board — Lisa, Suzanne, Tom, Jim and we — had an equal chance to propose topics for Our View. Discussions of potential topics were far-ranging, respectful and endlessly informative, and our input was always taken seriously.
While we may have thought that editorials are written by one person acting alone, it is now clear that they are the end product of considerable thoughtful collaboration.
Once the editorial topics are chosen — one for Sunday and a second for Wednesday — drafts are written by the newspaper’s professionals and are then submitted to all Editorial Board members for review, input and approval. This process of gathering community opinion before publication is, we believe, unique to hometown newspapers, and we hope the Pilot & Today’s owners will preserve it far into the future.
If you have the time to give one hour a week to Editorial Board meetings for four months, you will be rewarded by the opportunity to engage in genuinely fulfilling discussions of important community issues. And who knows? You might even change a few minds.
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