We go to public meetings in your stead. Meetings that you don’t have time to attend. Meetings on how your tax money is spent and how services, such as trash, are decided. Meetings whose results affect your everyday lives.
Over time, our beat reporters gain a level of expertise in their areas. From talking with sources and experts and officials – and you – about the issues that affect your lives, they translate the jargon and insider baseball talk into English.
It is a powerful combination when that expertise combines with the power of critical thinking and an ability to write.
Meet Tom Corwin, health reporter. As the house ad in Friday’s newspaper noted, Tom has been covering health and medicine for The Chronicle for 16 years.
A University of Missouri journalism school grad, Tom has explained the latest medical breakthroughs, dealt with the various incarnations of change at MCG, done profiles on local doctors and covered dozens of breaking medical issues over the years.
Tom is perfectly positioned to be your surrogate this year as the whole country delves into the tangled web of the new Affordable Care Act.
He will lead our efforts on helping you navigate the implementation of health care reform over the next year as its effects reach out and touch every corner and person in our community.
He has been writing about this topic since the government started debating it. And the coverage has only increased as the implementation nears.
If you want to read his previous coverage on the act, as a subscriber you can access it all on our Web site, augustachronicle.com, under the health care reform topics page.
Tom’s attention to learning about this complex topic and explaining all of the developments and issues will be well worth the price of admission in the coming year.
This Sunday, for example, Tom will explain how one local college’s preparations for the law’s effects have resulted in adjunct instructors’ hours being cut – and how it affects the lives of the faculty and students involved. Read it on Sunday’s front page – the latest in his ongoing coverage of the health care change.
Writing of change, we are starting two new features Monday – one in print and one online.
The print feature – 5 Questions – will be a quick interview getting quickly to the heart of a topic of deep interest.
Reporter Meg Mirshak talked to Mark Johnson, the environmental services director for Richmond County, who runs Augusta’s trash program. Look for it on the Metro front this Monday.
Our new digital feature, Things To Know Today, will be your daily primer for watercooler conversation – a one-stop slideshow to prepare you for what you need to know each and every day.