On Thursday, as sorely-needed snow fell in the Sierra, I had the pleasure of joining Tribune Publisher Rob Galloway for a meeting in Incline Village with some folks from a few of the many nonprofits on the North Shore.
I found the conversation to be extremely constructive, friendly and mutually beneficial in explaining the recent changes — specifically the addition of Incline Village news in the Friday edition of the Tribune.
Among the many newspapring lessons that popped into my head Thursday was the reality that not everyone sees every edition of the paper or every story published by a media outlet. But too often we operate under the assumption that you, the readers, are already aware of certain policies, news events and other contextual information.
As an example, many readers may missed my column explaining our policy of requiring sources when citing factual information in a letter to the editor or guest column (you can read that column, titled "Facts matter," here).
Through this process of acclimation with our new readers on North Shore, I also realized the broader community — all of our readers — could probably use a refresher on how to get your information, be it a news tip, letter to the editor or calendar listing, to us here at the Tribune.
To start, you can send story ideas/tips, letters to the editor, guest columns and feedback regarding editorial content/coverage to me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. As a backup, also include email@example.com on those messages.
For anything sports/recreation related, you can reach out to our man who is all about everything outdoors (he also has the title of sports editor), Bill Rozak. Seriously, Bill loves outdoor recreation, whether that's on the mountain, trails or lake.
For entertainment related items, you'll want to contact Autumn Whitney at firstname.lastname@example.org. Autumn produces Lake Tahoe Action, our weekly entertainment-centric publication, in addition to writing for the Tribune.
To get your event listed in our calendar, click here. You can access that page by heading to our homepage, http://www.tahoedailytribune.com, and scrolling down to the box titled "Events Calendar" and clicking on "Add your event."
In addition to our calendar, we also have a "community briefs" section where we run recurring items that wouldn't be appropriate for the events calendar, such as the opening of an application process for a grant.
You can send those items to me and be sure to include the email@example.com on those emails as well.
Those of you reading in print have the benefit of our staff box at the bottom of this page. There you can find information for placing advertisements and contact information for circulation issues, in addition to phone numbers for all the people mentioned in this column. This information also is available online at http://www.tahoedailytribune.com/contact-us/.
During our meeting Thursday, I shared a fact that I'm known to say every once in a while: We (journalists) are not as smart as people often think. We don't have superhuman powers that allow us to be all-knowing or see into the future. Truthfully, we rely on you — our readers and our neighbors — to inform us so that we can better inform the community. We hope you'll continue to help us in that mission.
Ryan Hoffman is editor of the Tahoe Daily Tribune. He can be reached at 530-542-8006 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.