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Fixing the papers

Posted: Thursday, Mar 28th, 2013

Iím sure Iím not the only one to notice, and I hate to be so brash about it, but the newspapers in this county have gone downhill since the two staffs combined. Harsh, I know.

I have always looked to these newspapers as informational sources for the county, but lately, I canít stomach it.

I enjoy the writing style and reports from Andrew Setterholm. Megan Neher offers an opinion in her editorial section each week that is always amusing, or at least thought provoking. Matthew Manguso has provided wonderful articles, particularly in his East Meets West section (not to mention his hilarious personality which I experienced first-hand at Dancing with the Sublette Stars last year). And I know Kathy Carlson has only just started, but with such a talented group of individuals already, I expect she will submit well-written work, as well.

With all of that being said, I just wonder if the newspaper teams have burned out a little? The content in the papers is still good, but when I read it, I just wonder if there is anything truly pushing the reporters anymore. You can almost ďhearĒ it in the articles when you read them. Itís a tone that, to me, presents itself as: ďHere is the news. We hope you like it.Ē

Another thing Iíve already mentioned is the content of the two papers. How do you expect to have enough content for two newspapers in a county this small? Truly, there just isnít enough news to report. Not to mention that itís pointless to read one paper when I know that the other is going to have the same story, only slightly different in order to match the layout of that particular paper. I feel as though it is an attempt to fill the pages with the same content and portray it as new and different information. That makes me, as a reader, feel stupid because you donít think I wonít notice a difference. In turn, Iím only buying one newspaper. So, I imagine that is doing nothing for your revenue. I would much rather read a newspaper with lots of pages, great photos, and interesting articles, than two with pretty much the same information.

So my suggestion is this: combine the newspapers. Create one beautifully written paper with great photographs, awesome stories and interesting information. Historically, I believe the Roundup has been here the longest, so perhaps using that layout and interjecting reports and stories that are written for the Examiner (like Joyís agriculture report- which was brilliant), you could end up with something called, quite simply:

The Sublette Roundup

I understand that may not be a feasible option, but it truly is a tragedy watching what I would normally call fantastic newspapers fall to the wayside with what I can only assume are overworked reporters, duplicate information and dwindling readership.

Good luck to you, and I sure hope to see an improvement soon.

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