John Gogick

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What do you want in your Chronicle?

Friday, May 24, 2013 6:16 PM
Last updated Friday, May 31, 2013 6:41 PM
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A year ago, The Augusta Chronicle added a stand–alone Sunday Opin­ion section. We also increased our coverage of local community events and public safety. We increased the number of events covered by our Spotted photographers.

This year, we added two business pages each Sun­day from the Wall Street Journal.

This newspaper has been evolving for 228 years. We continuously evaluate what we offer in print and online (and, now, in the apps and for mobile devices) trying to find the right mix to provide the most value.

A lot of that value comes in the form of local news. What beats should reporters cover? What stories do our readers need to know about? What events should we send a photographer to? What will provide the most important information to the greatest number of people who want it?

But other parts of the newspaper – the comics, the crossword puzzles, the national and international news coverage, opinion columnists, the weather page and feature stories – come from syndicates or wire services.

So, it was only a coincidence that representatives from two of these syndicates made their annual pilgrimages to Augusta.

They came prepared, with color brochures, samples of columns and new comics by the dozens.

We talked about their products you read each week – For Better or For Worse, Stone Soup, the Sun­day crossword, Charles Kraut­hammer and other features.

They told me of the newest comic strips – each offering to replace one from the other vendor with one of their own.

They told me of the latest features – health, food, fitness, lifestyles.

They told me of the insightful political columnists – liberals, conservatives, centrists.

The told me of the columnists’ credentials – TV doctors, Wall Street lawyers, retirement specialists.

And at the end of their presentations, each asked the same two questions:

What are you looking for? What do you want?

The questions were aimed at me. But they were really asking you.

The readers have always been a part of that constant evolution of a newspaper.

Sometimes it’s a survey. Sometimes it’s a phone call. Sometimes it’s a questionnaire in the newspaper that you clip out and mail back to us. Sometimes it’s a series of tryouts.

So, what are you looking for? What do you want?

Do you want more liberal voices in the opinion section? Is there a comic strip whose time has come? Is the crossword too easy? The Sunday Suduko too hard?

Do you want more storytelling? More hard news? More good news? A deeper look at how your tax dollars are being spent? More financial advice? Less sports? New comics?

Call me. Write a letter or e-mail. The evolution continues.

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JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 05/24/13 - 11:15 pm
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I want a fair and balanced

I want a fair and balanced editorial page with diverse views instead of a steady diet of radical right wing perspectives.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 05/25/13 - 05:30 am
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What do we want??

We need more COWBELLS!!

seenitB4
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seenitB4 05/25/13 - 05:34 am
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Ha .... really though

More feel good stories at times.......let some posters vent about whatever they have on their mind......some can be VEERY interesting..give Sean a chance to vent too.........more rants & raves.

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seenitB4 05/25/13 - 05:43 am
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Bright colors

Colors stimulate the mind.....I want to see more please.....some sparkle dust would help.....& a nice scent too please...hahha funny...but I bet one day that will happen.

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jross1981 05/25/13 - 07:42 am
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I want more coverage of Georgia Southern!

The sports page needs more coverage of the Eagles!

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soapy_725 05/25/13 - 08:30 am
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Obits and legal transactions should be free pages.

Unpublished

The obits as a service to the community at large.

The legal transactions as a matter of law. The public announcement of legal issues. The only necessity of a "county newspaper".

oldredneckman96
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oldredneckman96 05/25/13 - 10:43 am
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I would love to see:

Unpublished

I would love to see as Paul Harvey had, The rest of the story. When an elected official is caught with thier hand in the kitty, follow up with what happens to them. When a thief is arrested follow the thug all the way to the jail door. If some judge lets a drug dealer cousin go free, name him and his address. In other words show that the Fourth Estate has some hair! Have a section to review what has happend and bring in the latest on a story to tell a complete start to finish story.

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allhans 05/25/13 - 01:49 pm
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The NYT has a great

The NYT has a great crosswords..the best. A little hard, but that is what we need...a bit of brain exercise.
For sure keep Krauthammer...the other columnists I'm not so sure. Maybe Walter Williams.
More up to date reporting on local happenings...

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Riverman1 05/25/13 - 04:19 pm
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The last time...

The last time the Chronicle did something similar, I suggested putting South Carolina and Clemson on the sports' tab which you did and thanked me for the idea.

This time I suggest a Sylvia Cooper type moderated online column that goes on for the entire week or indefinitely. It will take someone who is prepared to get into the give and take of online comments. The ideal candidate will have proven himself in the comments of the Chronicle instead of coming here a year ago and being named executive editor. The winds are blowing to electronic blips away from ink and paper.

"Will work for food and donate it all to the foodbank."

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 05/25/13 - 04:59 pm
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oldredneckman96

You beat me to it. That's exacting what I was going to recommend.

gargoyle
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gargoyle 05/25/13 - 05:10 pm
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Be the one to watch the ones

Be the one to watch the ones who watch us, in other words if the Mayor or Sheriff is unavailable or not doing their duty find out why. The written word has the time to report in depth the stories that other media can't, or won't, fit in. With all the sound byte news being the norm some of us still want to see the whole story, all sides and followed to the end.

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Connor Threlkeld 05/25/13 - 06:13 pm
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Riverman, for the record,

Riverman, for the record, John Gogick's been at the Chronicle for 18 years. http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2012-04-27/chronicle-names-ne...

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/25/13 - 10:08 pm
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Connor Threldkeld

Connor Threldkeld, okay. I figured when he took over as executive editor from Alan English that he had just come here. I didn't read carefully. My bad. I just have this thing against people being brought into a community with little knowledge of it and expected to contribute meaningfully. It's impossible for an outsider to understand the nuances of an area without years of experience. Apologies to John Gogick. Riverman is not always right, but I still think an ongoing local column-blog with the writer contributing continuously in the comments would be interesting with many readers.

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Austin Rhodes 05/25/13 - 10:32 pm
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Good luck with that RM

No way.

Anonymous back and forth goes on easy until someone gets uncivil...and if there is meaningful conversation, there will be someone, somewhere who gets offended, and then gets out of line. You do it with me all the time.

Without a name, there is no accountability, with ultimately means no credibility. The AC likes the page hits the comments get, no doubt...but there is no legitimacy beyond that, and from what I hear, most newspaper and journalism professionals are too leary of a "keyboard free-for-all" that they have neither the time or the desire to babysit 24-7.

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Riverman1 05/26/13 - 12:01 am
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The Way It Would Work

Haha...that's why I said a MONITORED thread. But you are right, it will take a different mindset with someone who realizes online is going to dominate traditional media eventually. In the past I’ve heard public officials and media people of various kinds belittle the internet, saying all kinds of disparaging things. Now days they are either on FB, Twitter or quote what they read in the comments in hardprint stories. Austin, you read the Chronicle comments all the time on the air. Times have changed.

As far as the commenters being anonymous, large papers and websites use screennames. I don't see that as a problem. It's the norm.

The point is every reporter couldn't or wouldn't do it, but one (or two) could manage a local, ongoing column. After all, the comments are monitored currently. This idea is not that much of a leap.

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seenitB4 05/26/13 - 06:47 am
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Why not

Why not let River & Austin have a free for all on here....it would be interesting & lively......2 smart guys....2 large egos...they know a lot about local politics & sometimes we just need the excitement ..-)

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jackster 05/26/13 - 08:02 am
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Puzzle

Make the size of the Sunday's Suduko puzzle 20% larger so that "clues" could be jotted into the squares more easily.

Simple minds don't ask for much...eh?

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Truth Matters 05/27/13 - 09:01 am
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@JohnRandolphHardisonCain-11:15PM

Ditto. One expects the lead editorial to reflect the political leanings of the owner/paper but to not offer an opposing perspective makes this paper what it complains about--the main stream media (of the CSRA).

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