Erin Zureick

Education, politics and observations from Sanford

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We’ll connect you to any of the stories we publish, our blog posts and any other short news updates or community events that occur each day.

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January 28, 2009 Posted by | Sanford Herald, Social media | , , | Leave a comment

Inauguration news

Obama speaking at a campaign rally in Raleigh in November

Obama speaking at a campaign rally in Raleigh in November

We’re all gearing up for an exciting week over here at the Sanford Herald with Tuesday’s noon inauguration of Barack Obama fast approaching.

Our community editor Jonathan Owens will be heading to Washington, D.C., starting Sunday to bring coverage on the event. He’s already written one story about some Sanford teenagers who are attending the historic day as part of a leadership program. He’ll also have a story in tomorrow’s Herald profiling some more locals who are heading to D.C.

We’re still looking to find some people in the Sanford area who are going to be watching the inauguration around here. So if you are planning on having a watch party or inaugural bash party, please comment on this entry or send me an e-mail at ezureick@sanfordherald.

Here is one event in the area that is going on though for anyone interested. The Pittsboro General Store Cafe will hold an inaugural bash at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Go here for more information.

January 17, 2009 Posted by | politics, Sanford, Sanford Herald | , , | Leave a comment

Bailing out newspapers?

Reuters media reporter Robert MacMillan writes today about the possibility of bailing out the mainstream media. Specifically, he looks at how Connecticut lawmakers have come out supporting state government intervention to support The Bristol Press (of Bristol) and The Herald in nearby New Britain.

It was a particularly hard year for newspapers in 2008 (see Tribune Co. filing for bankruptcy and thousands of jobs cuts), and some are predicting that 2009 will be the year when many actually start shutting down. That has led some media types to, somewhat whimsically, speculate about a media bailout from the government, i.e. the auto industry and the financial services industry.

In Connecticut, specifically, the lawmakers are proposing tax breaks and other incentives to get someone to buy the newspaper, which is being crushed by a heavy debt load. But what are the implications of a government getting involved with a news organization that is supposed to serve as a watchdog of that government?

The separation of press and government is probably about as sacrosanct to journalists as is the separation of church and state to many others in the U.S. For me, personally, I think it is very important to maintain distance between the two. It can be tough to “bite the hand that feeds you” as the expression goes. A media organization is supposed to serve the public good by exposing corruption when necessary and providing information to people that the government might not provide on its own.

I spent two summers ago interning at an English-language newspaper in China. That newspaper, like many others, is controlled by the government. It’s very rare to see news criticizing the government in any way, which is why blogging and other social media have become more prevalent in China as a way to discuss controversial topics since it’s harder to monitor.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t think what Connecticut is talking about would lead to news coverage similar to in China. But it is important to remember why a free press is vital to the community. For example, most local news about Sanford comes from The Herald. A Fayetteville Observer and News & Observer include some information about Sanford occasionally, but not on the same level.

Where would you get your local information with The Herald newspaper or Web site? How would you use social networking or other online sources to get and share information?

January 2, 2009 Posted by | Sanford Herald | , | Leave a comment

2008 in review

This blog has only been around for slightly more than two months, since I started at The Herald about 10 weeks ago. So far, it’s been viewed 1,300 times. The most-read page has been my about page, with 106 views. The runner-up was my “Meet Jeff Moss” entry, with 60 views.

I don’t really know what my goals are for the blog in terms of page views for 2009, but here are some of my other “resolutions:”

  • Update more regularly
  • Get more community interaction and conversation going
  • Implement more social media throughout the blog
  • Create resource pages
  • Add videos and other multimedia to the blog

Got any other suggestions? Let me know.

December 31, 2008 Posted by | Sanford, Sanford Herald | , , | Leave a comment

Getting my bearings

I am just wrapping up my first week at The Sanford Herald. So far, I have written three stories — one about early voting in Lee County, another about Barack Obama’s rally in Raleigh and another to appear tomorrow about the upcoming retirement of Harnett County Schools Superintendent Dan Honeycutt.

So far, I have only gotten mildly lost around town, though there are still a lot of places left that I need to venture on my own. The next few weekends I am going to try checking out some yard sales around the area to start furnishing my apartment, so if you know of any yard sales or any places with cheap furnishings, feel free to comment and let me know.

Also, looking forward to getting to talk to more members of the community. If you have any ideas, feel free to e-mail me at ezureick@sanfordherald.com or call my office number at (919) 718-1219. My primary focus is local schools, but there are lots of other issues that interest me as well.

October 31, 2008 Posted by | Sanford Herald | , | Leave a comment