The site, launched today, is exciting to me for a bunch of reasons. For one, the simple reality is that we don’t have space in the paper to publish all of the great journalism coming from our Washington bureau. Through news.mcclatchy.com though, you have access to the full slate of McClatchy’s national and international coverage, and more access to content from the company’s newspapers.
And you’ll find "extras" in blogs, Q&As and other features that offer more depth and analysis from the bureau’s experienced staff.
In his blog with McClatchy editors, McClatchy’s VP/News Howard Weaver writes: "The site is dedicated to public service journalism, principally devoted
to the work of our national and foreign correspondents, but there’s a
great deal more there, too. We’re displaying the best national
journalism, editorial cartoons and columnists from around our company,
six new blogs from overseas, ubiquitous tagging, and a place for
readers to upload their own video commentaries on public affairs. We’re
soliciting comments and hosting regular Q&A forums with staffers."
Communicating with our readers in Wichita about national and international news coverage can be sticky. Most of the time, the staff here didn’t write the story in question. Editors here made decisions on how (or whether) we published it — story length, where it ran in the paper, and what the headline said.
Yet readers rightfully consider the Eagle to be ultimately responsible for all content in the paper. Over the years, I’ve occasionally been the go-between with the Washington bureau, asking questions on behalf of readers and relaying answers. Washington Bureau Chief David Westphal and his staff are always responsive to questions and concerns from local newspapers the bureau serves.
But now, there doesn’t have to be a middle man or woman. I hope you’ll dive in to the bureau’s site and join the conversation.