Next-day election results a sign of changes to come
There was a message on the front page of Wednesday’s paper.
Yes, it was a message from the voters that they aren’t afraid to fund things like education and recreation.
But there was also a message to our reader. By publishing the results from the results from Tuesday’s election – though they are still unofficial until they are ratified later this month – we were living up to our promise as a true daily newspaper.
Late into the night, the newsroom lights were on as everyone waited for the results of six ballot issues.
Reporters had two versions of stories written ” one expressing the disappointment of those who campaigned but lost and one recording the possible elation of the winners. Both versions sat on their computer screens waiting to be sent to the front page, depending on results.
When the phones rang this morning with calls from readers asking what for the results of the elections, it was satisfying to read them the numbers and then say, “If you want to know more, pick up today’s edition of the Sky-Hi Daily News or visit our Web site, http://www.skyhidailynews.com.”
In fact, the results were on our Web site Tuesday night ” the minute we knew ” long before the press rolled the first ink for the following day’s edition.
We’ve only been putting out the newspaper in this daily format for three weeks. So, many of you might not be in the habit of picking it up every day. But, I hope that the more mornings that we put out the news you want to know when you want to know it, those habits will change.
By this time next year, I hope that we are the homepage on most of your computers and that picking up the paper is part of your morning routine.
And, more importantly, I hope that by the election next year, when we are waiting for the results of local, state and national public offices, that you’ll automatically think of visiting http://www.skyhidailynews.com, knowing that the results will be posted the second they are available.
I plan for this paper to continue to grow, to get better and be more useful by the day. As always, we can’t accomplish any of those things without your feedback. Call me anytime at (970) 887-3334 ext. 19600, e-mail me at email@example.com or stop by the office ” I have three empty chairs across from my desk ” at 424 E. Agate Avenue in Granby.
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