Each day at The Salt Lake Tribune, those of us who produce sltrib.com and the newspaper’s print edition report the news with this goal in mind: We want you to read our stories and feel you understand issues important in our community from multiple perspectives. We want you to have context and perspective, plus any data or documents that lend additional information you can use to make smart decisions.
Often, though, you still have questions or simply want to talk more with others interested in a particular topic. That’s why our Trib Talk live video chat with newsmakers and Tribune staffers now takes place every weekday at 12:15 p.m. at sltrib.com. It’s why we collaborated with KCPW to hold a town hall meeting at the Salt Lake City Main Library on Oct. 9 to help answer the many questions you still have about the Affordable Care Act.
And it’s why starting this Friday, Jennifer Napier-Pearce will host “Utah Week in Review,” an hourlong program that will be broadcast on KCPW 88.3/105.3 FM and streamed live at sltrib.com.
The program will examine the week’s top Utah stories through the eyes of reporters on the beat. Napier-Pearce and a rotating panel of the state’s top journalists will talk about what’s happening in the Beehive State along with the hows and whys.
Listeners will be able to join the discussion by sending questions on Twitter, Google+, commenting on sltrib.com or calling (801) 355-TALK.
Utah Week in Review will air live Fridays from 9 to 10 a.m. and will be rebroadcast Sundays at 8 a.m. The program also will be available at sltrib.com as a podcast on demand.
We’re excited about this new program and about our collaboration with KCPW, which enables us to ensure we’re delivering important news to you regardless of your platform preference.
Check out this new program and let us know what you think.
On Sunday, this column about our introduction of the new comic “Wumo” appeared in the print edition after launching earlier in the week online. I heard from a number of you about our decision to drop “Brevity,” to make room for “Wumo.”
Valoree Dowell is among those of you who believe we should have dropped either “Mary Worth” or “Judge Parker” instead of “Brevity.”
“‘Brevity’ is an intellectual comic; the puns and plays on words actually make you think,” she wrote in an email. “ ‘Mary Worth’ and ‘Judge Parker’ have outlived their usefulness. Worth has devolved into pop-psych soap opera and does a terrible job at it... ‘Worth’ is, frankly, worthless.”
Many readers agree with Dowell that “Mary Worth” no longer serves a broad readership. But as I wrote in the column, nearly as many of the more than 1,500 readers who called in cited “Brevity” as a strip we could drop as did “Mary Worth” or “Judge Parker.” In the case of the latter two comics, though, their fan base pleaded for them to remain in far greater numbers than did “Brevity’s.”
Making a change to the comics is one of the most difficult things we do and we hope we’ve made the right choice. If you don’t like “Wumo” after giving it a chance once it debuts Nov. 4, let us know.
No change has to be permanent in the world in which we operate nowadays.