Tuesday, June 24, 2014 —
I guess it’s the closest we’ve gotten to having a story go viral.
That’s high-tech talk for a lot of people seeing something.
The wedding story written by freelance writer Sandy Hatley and published in last Sunday’s SNAP has been seen by numerous people over the past week, in print and online.
We recorded nearly 20,000 reaches and more than 65 shares on Facebook after just three days of it being posted as a link from our website — thesnaponline.com — and about 7,000 of those came in just a few hours on Monday.
It just goes to show what I have been trying to tell people for years and what people have shouted at me for years: people want to read good news.
I know it may seem like all we do is print stories about murder, child sex offenders, fatal car wrecks and fires.
We do report hard news when it happens as soon as we know of it, usually as quickly as possible online and then a full report in print.
But I argue that we print many articles about soft news.
Just Thursday our front page contained stories of energy growth in Oakboro, a drive to save a historic house, awards presented for safety at work and the city of Albemarle receiving an update on ways it can make opening a business easier.
I’m sure pessimists can make something seem bad out of any story, but they all seem like good angles to me.
Inside we had farmers learning of ways to improve their crops, scholarship recipients, SCC PBL winning state awards, perfect attendance for a school, a jeweler being honored for many years of service and a new national store planning to move to Albemarle.
That was just in the first section.
We then had pages of sports, our Cinema Corner, C&C community news, plus our RAVE which contained a book about a local historical battle.
So out of 24 pages plus RAVE, I only see two pages of bad news — one being the police reports and the other being the obit page.
I know I’m just mentioning a paper at random, but the point is that we continue to publish good news and great news, as was the wedding feature last Sunday.
We want to continue to hear of good news. Send me an email or give me a call at the information below.
I know I can’t be everywhere at once to know of every news nugget in the county, so I respect your tips and make a pledge to have our staff or myself contact you or report on as many activities as humanly possible.
We have some new things in store in the coming months we feel will be of benefit to our readers in print and on the Web.
I’m sure I will be one of the first to hear about it if opinions fall on the other side.
But some feedback is better than no feedback.
B.J. Drye is editor of The Stanly News & Press. Write him at PO Box 488, Albemarle, NC 28002, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (704) 982-2121 ext. 25.