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What's happening now?


By Linda Ash

Have you ever felt like you were in a "dead zone?" I'm not talking about cellular service. It's what some folks in New Market refer to in regards to news coverage of their town.

I spoke at the New Market Rotary Club meeting this week at Shenvalee Golf Resort (Oh my, what a pretty place!), and they told me they're feeling a bit left out of news coverage by papers to the north and south of them.

When I got back to my office, I did a search of New Market on nvdaily.com and confirmed that they were right. Since March 1, we had one bylined story, two sports stories and a few briefs with a New Market dateline. I have a feeling that if I look for other datelines south of Woodstock that I'll find the same thing -- and that's just not acceptable.

As I mentioned in an earlier column, my first mission is to expand coverage of community news in Shenandoah and Warren counties. I am in the process now of physically reorganizing our newsroom - we'll post a photo on at facebook.com/ nvdaily once we're done -- and I will be assigning reporters specific sections of Shenandoah, Warren and Frederick counties to cover. I will announce those changes in my next column so that you will know which reporter to direct your story ideas.

What's your story?

Do you subscribe to the Daily, or do you buy it from a newspaper rack or your local store? I'm just curious. I was looking at the our front page yesterday where we have listed the newsstand price (50 cents) and the home-delivered price (25 cents) and a memory came back to me that just made me smile.

Many years ago I asked my newspaper-loving grandparents why they didn't subscribe to the local newspaper. They read it every day, but never had it delivered. My grandpa, Jack O'Dell, said he went to the store every day to buy the paper because grandma liked her little bottles of Coca-Cola.

Well, you know a Coke isn't like a donut. You don't have to go out to buy a fresh one each day. I think those trips to the store gave grandpa a mission, and a chance to just get out of the house and chat with the store clerk or other customers. That was a highlight of his day and to him it was worth paying the higher newsstand price.
So tell me, if you buy the paper at a newsstand each day, what's your story?

Email Linda Ash at lash@nvdaily.com


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