So many events, so little time

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 8, 2003

Covington County is a big, busy place. You might not think so if you're one of the hundreds of people screaming there's never anything to do, but when you look at the county as a whole - from a newspaper editor's perspective - you'll find there's always something going on.

And that can be a problem.

I've screamed at my staff at times that there isn't anything going on. There's no news to report.

And then, it happens. Everything that is. All at once.

There are tons of events happening. Major news breaking in all four corners of the county and every school in the county (or at least six of the 16 - some schools have elementary and high schools separately) has something happening on the same day

at the same time.

It can be an editor's dream - and nightmare.

We're often criticized in the newspaper business for not covering "hometown" events, or every single thing that happens at Bobby and Susie's school or the local civic club.

We do our best, but sometimes, somehow - someone always gets left out or offended. It's a lose-lose situation most of the time.

How do we continue? We just hold our heads up high and say we're sorry, and we'll try to do better.

And when we say that, we really do mean it. We are genuinely sorry we didn't get to every event, every news story and yes, every single school function.

Sometimes, though, it's not always our fault.

We often don't find out about events until the day of, or even, a few minutes before - if we find out at all.

If we know about something in advance, we make every effort to attend, or at least give it proper coverage.

Believe it or not, we even get accused of not covering certain people, places or schools equally.

And, after careful research this past week, we discovered that was true. There was one school in particular that seems to have been in the paper more than others - and it's not either of the three schools in Andalusia or either of the three schools in Opp.

And to all of the other schools we haven't given equal coverage to lately - we apologize. We will try and increase the amount of coverage of your school - to the best of our ability.

As far as covering the community, we do our best to make sure we offer a well-rounded newspaper. Both the good and the bad.

Some people complain we have too much drugs and crime in the paper. Others say we don't have enough of either.

Some people want nothing but the "happy" news.

We try to compromise.

Every edition we try to have a little good news - but sometimes it's not possible.

And then, sometimes, we have nothing but good news.

Whatever your choice for news, the good or the bad, know this, we are doing our best, to give you the best in local news, sports and community events. We just need your help knowing about things ahead of time.