PNJ takes editorial stand in favor of CMP

August 27, 2006

CMP viewThe News Journal Editorial Board came out today in favor of the Community Maritime Park.

Our view: Voters should approve Maritime Park

It’s a bold move by a newspaper that had gotten away from election endorsements over the past four years.

RO NOTE: Independent News took its stand in favor March, 2006.

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6 Responses to “PNJ takes editorial stand in favor of CMP”

  1. Courtney Says:

    Not a surprise

  2. Rick Outzen Says:

    Courtney,
    It’s not a surprise. The facts support the project. The new publisher was the former president of a minor league baseball team and knows what such a team can do for a community. The new executive editor comes from a town that’s much smaller than the greater Pensacola area and has a minor league team.
    People outside of this area have no trouble seeing the merits of this plan.

  3. Courtney Says:

    It’s not a surprise because everyone knows that the PNJ is for the park. They didn’t really have to have an editorial to let everyone know it. It wasn’t enlightening. I liken it to you dedicating a section of your website saying that you are for the park. It’s not news if everyone knows it already.

  4. Jim McClellan Says:

    Courtney, I don’t think the intent of the PNJ was to surprise anyone or provide them with breaking news. The point was to state a position and provide the rationale for taking it. A lot of folks find that sort of thing helpful.

  5. Courtney Says:

    Jim,

    I couldn’t agree with you more about the paper taking a position. That’s the message I got when Bowden, Dogan, Wernicke and Crane wrote at least two articles each on the topic in support of the park plan. It really wouldn’t matter what topic they were writing on, after a certain point it’s no longer an opinion page it’s an advertisement that I’m paying to read. I want some real opinion articles on varying topics affecting our community. You know kind of like Rick does. He has the sense to create a seperate site here where he can talk all day long about his support for the park.

  6. Jim McClellan Says:

    I can’t vouch for Rick’s good sense, but I think the blog format really is the future of news. People want a conversation rather than a monologue. They want to ask the tough follow up questions. I think we’re in a transitional period as far as traditional newspapers are concerned.

    The News Joural also has begun publishing comments after the articles, so that’s a start.

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