Recent events that have happened and some of the aftermath have raised questions about our publication.
Contrary to what some people might believe, we don’t have our own agenda nor do we make up things, or pick and choose what we want to publish. Our jobs are to strictly to report the news as accurately as possible.
Just like our corrections on page two of the paper say every week, “We at the Lake County Examiner put forth our best effort to present the news correct the first time, but sometimes we receive misinformation or make mistakes.” Just like the rest of the professions we’re not perfect.
We all have individual goals with what he hope to accomplish with each article that we write. For me personally, one of my main goals is to form personal relationships that last for years to come. I’m just as prone to mistakes as anyone else. I spend an adequate amount of time, gathering questions for each article, that way I can write an informed, educated article, whether it’s for the Town Council, School Board, ESD or if a politician comes to town.
Being a small staff of six and with two people writing editorial copy, we each “wear many hats.” I hate that the media as a whole gets a bad name, but sadly I guess that’s just the nature of the day and age we live in.
In regards to various rumors, we do our absolute best to follow up with what we hear if it’s legitimate, (We’re not a gossip paper like TMZ). Being a weekly publication as opposed to a daily makes it difficult if we don’t get the information by our deadline. Instead of bashing a publication, we have forms on our website where you can submit a tip, letter to the editor or message us privately on our social media page (Lake County Examiner). The news tips go directly to our email accounts and we check our social media accounts regularly.
Our teasers that we put up on Facebook, aren’t meant to diverge the entire story. We use Facebook as a marketing tool, to entice all of the people that are friends with or follow us to pick up the paper the next week . Same thing goes with the Low Down that we print twice a week and is distributed to the local restaurants.
Most everyone knows where our office is, what our phone number is and heck some might even know which desk we sit at. My point being, our door is always open and if you have an issue, please don’t hesitate to reach out. If we print an inaccuracy, don’t hesitate to let us know. Of course we will need to verify the source, etc.
From the bottom of my heart, I really appreciate each of the subscribers that we have nationwide. I may be the senior guy on our staff, but I’m still relatively new to the business having just shy of two years experience (three if you count college). We pride ourselves on breaking a lot of news before the big stations like KTVL and often times the Herald and News. I still have a lot to learn about the business and am a student each day.
As I stated before, if you have an issue with something we write or if something isn’t correct, please don’t hesitate to reach out to one of us. We’re here to be Lake County’s news-of-record.
— Michael Acosta