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Editorial: Print and digital work together for the community




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September 19, 2012 | 990 views | 4 comments

Last week’s Wilson County News is a prime example of the challenges of print in a digital world.

Even as we went to press, there were new developments to a story. It was too late for print and, consequently, the story was out of date almost as soon as it came off the press. Such is the life of print in a digital world.

But all is not lost. This is where an up-to-date website, such as we have developed with www.wilsoncountynews.com, can work hand in hand with print. Updates are posted online, even as the “rest of the story” is prepared for print.

This particular story was about the lawsuit by Mayor Daniel Tejada against Floresville councilmen Jesse C. Flores, Mario Morones, John Guerrero, and Sherry Castillo, ordering them to appear in court Thursday, Sept. 13.

After Councilman Johnnie R. Gomez had resigned his position in order to run for mayor on the November ballot, a voting bloc was created, with the mayor casting the tie vote in controversial issues. To prevent this, councilmen Morones and Guerrero had made a quorum impossible by not attending certain meetings, in objection to the proposed sports complex.

The mayor’s suit was to compel the councilmen to attend meetings so that city business could continue.

The city attorney, on behalf of the mayor, asked for the dismissal of the lawsuit without prejudice, and also filed to have Gomez continue on the council until a replacement could be found.

Following that hearing in district court, a council meeting was held, using an amended agenda, which did not include the disputed sports complex. It was after that meeting that another breaking story surfaced.

The city secretary called Morones Friday morning to ask if he had resigned, because she had received a letter to that effect. Morones said he had not, and asked to see the letter. He was shown a copy. When he asked to see the original, he was told that there was no original -- just a poor copy, which contained no original signature. The city secretary said she found the copy of the mysterious letter, folded, in her office.

The Wilson County News posted this breaking news on the Web, and readers immediately began posting comments to the story online. There was much speculation about the origin of the letter, how it could have gotten there, and by whose hands, since it was not by Morones’.

Readers of the print edition and e-subscribers will find the complete story of the resignation letter in this issue of the Wilson County News.

For now, at least, this is the way it works. Most online news sites, in fact, obtain their information from print journalists. It is true that this kind of reporting is still evolving, and we must adjust, but it’s as H. Brandt Ayers wrote about newspaper journalists. They are in “purgatory, suspended between heavens, the comfortable ways of the past, and some vaguely seen point when half-digital and half paper becomes all-digital.”

We love our print readers, and acknowledge that we cannot bring you all the news as it happens, but we work to develop the story with greater details and more comprehensive information than online “breaking news” stories.

I hope print will always be here for archival purposes, as, once something is printed, it can’t be taken back. Digital is but billions of info bytes floating through cyberspace. With a click of a mouse, digital information can be deleted or altered.

Working together, however, print and digital can spark conversation and foster a community connection, so valuable in a free society.
 

Your Opinions and Comments

 
Elaine K.  
Floresville  
September 22, 2012 8:28am
 
Thank you, Jesse. We love our readers. They are the best!

 
Jesse Berlanga  
floresville, TX  
September 22, 2012 8:24am
 
Great point Elaine, I believe the news can not only inform but educate others as to what is going on in politics. Many people in this town vote based on relationships and accquaintences. They need to I know exactly what is ... More ›

 
Elaine K.  
Floresville  
September 21, 2012 12:39pm
 
Thanks, Ken! I think part of the reason for the lack of participation by voters in local elections, and especially in school board elections, is that they do not keep up with the local issues. Newspapers are vital to maintaining ... More ›

 
Ken Semlinger  
Poth, TX  
September 21, 2012 9:58am
 
Keep up the good work Elaine!

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