When tasked with writing a weekly column – or doing anything on a regular basis, for that matter – sometimes you come up short. Sometimes the pastor’s sermon feels a little bit “phoned in.” Sometimes the doughnuts taste a little stale. Sometimes we spend an entire day at work and get nothing accomplished.
As I sat down to write this column on Monday, I was having one of those days. I needed a column, but I didn’t have anything interesting to write about. I don’t feel passionate about the Texas Legislature’s bathroom bill or the fact that the Houston Rockets are for sale. So what kind of knowledge could I possibly drop on the people of Sealy?
I wrote about television programs, the “opinion” crux of the column being that I think “Game of Thrones” is not worth all the hype. It was a lazy topic, and it was written in a hurry so I could cross something off my to-do list.
Our readers deserve better.
I have the great privilege of now being managing editor of this newspaper, one of the oldest papers in Texas. I have the great privilege of working for publisher Karen Lopez, who probably would have axed that column before it went to press because she knows – and I know – that I can do better.
Our readers hold us to a high standard. They expect our stories to be fact-checked. They expect our stories to be local. They expect our stories to be relevant and interesting. They check our Facebook page for breaking news. They rely on us to tell them what’s going on in Sealy.
And that’s what we’re going to do.
I encourage our readers to contact me at the email address or phone number below. Tell me what kind of stories you’d like to see in the paper. Send me the picture of your son who got a base hit at his T-ball game. Invite me to grandma’s 100th birthday party. Let me know if you think we need to dig deeper on the hard news about the city budget and school district’s test scores. And as much as it pains me to hear that I got something wrong, let me know when a correction must be made.
Sealy is poised for greatness, with new development, a growing school system and innovative leaders. This newspaper also is poised for greatness, and we want to deliver a product that makes us all proud.
In 20 years as a journalist, I don’t think I’ve ever made the choice to cut my own column, but I did that this week. Our readers deserve better. I don’t believe our readers care about my opinion on “Game of Thrones.” Some may not even know what that is.
Tell me what you’d like to read about, and I’ll do my best to deliver. Let’s work together to make Sealy great.
April Towery is the managing editor of The Sealy News. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 979-885-3562.