The last few weeks have been tough times at The Sacramento Press, but it’s time we dusted ourselves off and got back on our feet. For that, we’re going to need your help.
I’m going back to doing what I love most – writing, reporting and editing. The chef has been sent back to the kitchen, and has no intention of leaving again. I’d like to know what food you’d like prepared, or what exactly you’d like me to write about.
We won’t be able to run the same type of operation that we have in times past. The saying "do more with less" was popular for a time in journalism circles, but there are limits to that tripe. Sometimes you do less with less. Losing two reporters over the course of the year was hard. Losing our associate editor and community manager will be harder. Allison Joy was at the heart of everything we did at Sac Press over the last year. I’ll have more to say about her in an upcoming post.
Some things will stay the same. Amber Stott, our farm-to-fork writer, and our soccer writer, R.J. Cooper, will be sticking around. R.V. Scheide will continue his occasional column, and help out with editing when I write longer features. Community contributors will still be able to post, and we’ll maintain our free copy editing service. I’ll post on the site every day. My general intention is to go at a slower pace, and try to do work that is thoughtful and analytical.
Beyond that, I’m still trying to figure out how all the pieces fit together. I’d like your input and have a poll at the end of this article that allows you to suggest and vote for coverage areas you’d like me to focus on.
As our owner Ben Ilfeld explained, the future of Sac Press is uncertain, and he’s considering different approaches, including selling the publication, or converting to a nonprofit or a co-op. I lean toward the nonprofit and co-op approaches, and hope the right people come forward to help make something like that happen, (If that’s you, and you’re sitting on your hands, get moving, because this will not happen by itself.) My focus, though, will be directly on the content. I can’t say for sure how much longer I’ll be here, but I plan to use whatever time I have to do as much meaningful work and real journalism as I can. To put it bluntly: I will not chase pageviews, but quality, and hope audience can come as a result.
I’d like Sac Press to be a place where people go for discussion, and to find alternative perspectives. I don’t want to fall into the trap of doing what’s been done before because that’s what comes naturally, so please, if you have ideas, now would be a good time to share them. You can either head to the comments below this article, or email me at jared [at] sacramentopress.com.