We’ve been advertising for volunteers to act as our citizen representatives on our editorial board.
I wondered if the incessant attacks on newspapers and journalists would have any effect on those willing to serve. I wondered if people might be scared off. I am happy to report they were not.
We had close to a dozen candidates apply. We met with seven of the candidates over two days this past week for a quiet chat about the position, their life experiences and why they wanted to serve on the editorial board.
These people are not public officials or highly partisan. They are regular readers who wanted to give back to their community in some small way.
I always enjoy these chats – even if they are short – because you get to meet with real readers who enjoy the product and have a rabid interest in local news.
When I greet them in the lobby, they always seem very excited to be there. That is not always the case when people come to see me.
One person repeated over and over again she would be fair and objective.
She was convincing.
We will be announcing the incoming board in the coming weeks, but I can assure you our editorial board will be in good hands for the next year.