Reporters all have their plates full

Every Thursday morning, our news department holds an editorial meeting to plan for the coming week. It is a chance for each of our writers to let everyone know what is happening on their beat.
We also talk about follow-up stories on issues that currently are at the forefront.
Last Thursday, items that were being tracked included the disposal of land known as the Koneman property in Rainy River, the expansion of broadband Internet services to the west end of the Rainy River District, Rainy River’s application to COMRIF for immediate assistance for sewage projects in the community, and Globeco.
The announced retirements of many district teachers and the superintendent of education will bring about many changes. Those retirements of longstanding teachers will make interesting reading in the next few weeks.
Our sports writer, Emmanuel Moutsatsos, is continuing to follow the junior hockey league in Northwestern Ontario and the players who played for the Borderland Thunder.
Melanie Béchard continues to wait on the decision of Grey Goose bus service to district communities. Other items on her agenda include the closing of Envision North, Riverside’s annual general meeting, the situation at Rainycrest, and provincial legislation to ban smoking in all public buildings and the impact that it will have on businesses.
Our summer reporter, Wes Gilbertson, already has his own list to follow-up on. He will be the lead reporter for Fun in the Sun events, with Duane Hicks following Fort Frances council’s decision on the firefighters, sewer and water rate increases, and council remuneration.
Michael Hilborn, meanwhile, is gathering information about a fish study that has just been released, as well as watching district fields for final planting.
Other topics on everyone’s horizon include proms in both Fort Frances and Rainy River, exams, graduations, elementary school track meets, stock car racing, fastball, federal budgets with their money for district municipalities, the Métis voyageurs, local “Strawberry Socials,” and more.
Our staffs are very busy. They often work into the evening and more than five days a week.
As a newspaper, we know that stories do just happen. However, in order to try and cover the district as much as we do, we have to have time to plan and to use our reporters effectively.
Many of their days and evenings are planned at these Thursday morning meetings. Knowing something is going to happen, in the week prior to those meetings, enables us to make arrangements for coverage.

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