EDITORIAL: Your newspaper...your Megaphone

Rossland Telegraph
By Rossland Telegraph
July 22nd, 2010

If you look down the right hand side of this page, just below the comments box, you’ll see something new. It’s called ‘The Rossland Telegraph Megaphone’ and as we mourn the passing of print newspapers, it’s worth keeping in mind the many possibilities of the new world of online news. As we’ve always said here at the Telegraph, interactiveness is one of the key new features that makes online news attractive. Enter the Megaphone…

The Megaphone is a place where you, as a member of both the Rossland and Telegraph communities, can post any information you think worth sharing. You can make announcements or pronouncements. You can thank people who’ve helped you out or blast those who demonstrate what Shakespeare called ‘the insolence of office’–when people in positions of power and influence screw up.

See an interesting article or video on something of relevance to life in the Mountain Kingdom? Post it here! Heck, even if you see something cool on the trails or have a gripping bear or berry story to report–the Megaphone is the place to share it with your neighbours. The possibilities are endless.

Back in the 50s and 60s the Rossland paper had a column called ‘Over the Teacup’ where local tidbits of news and gossip were reprinted: who had come into town on the trail, what was going on in that empty building with the paper over its windows? We’re hoping, with your help, to bring that sense of informal community chat back.

It doesn’t have to be big news–it only matters that it matters to you. Small and amusing works for us! Trivial, even! Have you taken a funny picture of a friend doing a ski trick at the hill? Post it here. And if you see something you like (or hate), you’re free to comment. Those of us who run the Telegraph won’t edit or censor the Megaphone unless some pretty obvious legal lines get crossed.

We’ve already got a few posts for you to see. Check out Graham Kenyon’s link to a great biking community video from Amsterdam or Diana Daghofer’s idea about getting together to try to bring back the Old Firehall.

Finally, a special thanks to ace Telegraph reporter Allyson Kenning for bringing up the idea and motivating the rest of us to get moving on it. We hope our readers will like the result it as much as we do!


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