Editor’s Notes: Some changes at the Tahoe Daily Tribune
It’s amazing how fast a situation can change. Friday morning started with some of the pleasantries (mucus-related pleasantries) associated with a bad cold and a decision to work from home.
About six hours later, I found myself sitting in a casino and eating a pastrami sandwich while putting together a newspaper. Despite the ongoing struggle to breathe and not sneeze all over the joint, it felt very old school.
Of course we (several other Tribune people were also at the table) found ourselves in that situation because, like many people, we were without internet Friday (as of press deadline, services were still out — visit tahoedailytribune.com for updates). After waiting as long as we could, we headed out to Stateline and landed at Harrah’s and Harveys Lake Tahoe. The team there helped us out in a big way with some sorely needed high speed internet. If you’re reading this in print, they certainly deserve some of the credit.
Chaos is common in this profession, and it’s one aspect of journalism I fell in love with early on in my career. The adrenaline rush of tossing all plans out the window and successfully restringing things together is unparalleled.
Oddly enough, the madness on Friday changed my original intro for this column, but this new beginning transitions perfectly into the core reason for writing this piece: change.
Regular readers of the Tribune have surely noticed some changes lately, and now is the time to give a little explanation — starting in the back of the paper.
We are no longer running horoscopes, which previously ran in every edition of the Tribune, and we are no longer running the advice column “Dear Abby,” which ran every Friday in the Trib.
There are several reasons for these changes. Regarding the horoscopes, it is my belief that few readers pick up the Tribune to read these silly predictions ( I’ve heard from one reader upset about their absence in the several weeks since making this change). Much like Lake Tahoe itself, real estate in the Tribune is at a premium, and when presented with the choice of continuing with the horoscopes or eliminating them in favor of more space for our events calendar, I opted for the calendar.
This will allow more members of the community who take the time to submit a listing online to see that listing in the paper.
The real estate argument is much the reason for axing Abby — that and it’s my belief that the column is not only antiquated, it has no ties to our community or region. In Abby’s place, we are now running “Ask Tessie,” our humorous take on an advice column written by Tahoe’s oldest resident, Tahoe Tessie. This new addition will certainly be more relatable to those of us living around the lake, and it will certainly be more humorous. (And, not to speak for Tessie, but I suspect our new columnist would likely point out that Abby is not a Tahoe local … for what it’s worth.)
Best of all, you, the readers, can submit questions and have them answered in the weekly “Ask Tessie,” which will run in Saturday’s Tribune. You can send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org and you can send any reactions or thoughts about this change to me (my email address is at the very end of this column).
In the opinion section, we’ve moved Jim Porter’s weekly column to Friday’s paper instead of Saturday’s paper. While we value the weekly “Law Review” column, we want to save Saturday’s opinion page for our columnists and those of you who take the time to write and send us letters and guest columns.
These are a few of the changes. I had planned to go on a little longer but then … you know … the whole internet thing. I will say, though, that more changes are coming. And as we bring them online I’ll be sure to fill you in. Until then, don’t hesitate to reach out and continue the conversation.
Ryan Hoffman is editor of the Tahoe Daily Tribune and Lake Tahoe Action. He can be reached at 530-542-8006 or at email@example.com.