Your view may be our view: Readers can apply for board

Apr 19 2013 - 11:56pm


"Who writes your Our View?"

That is a question I occasionally get. Usually it is from someone who is agitated by the editorial and they want to give the author a piece of their mind. When I explain that the Our View editorials represent the position of the newspaper's editorial board, and not necessarily the author, they are skeptical.

Although I do contribute the occasional editorial, all others are written by Opinion Editor Doug Gibson. There have been occasions where Doug and I have had to write an opinion we didn't initially support. That's because most of the editorial opinions are written after a consensus, or majority opinion, is reached by the board. Sometimes after heated debate.

But hey, that's part of the process, and the fun.

The board is composed of permanent members Doug, myself and Publisher Charles Horton III. The rest of the body is filled by rotating members. This year, that includes SEEK (Standard-Examiner Educates Kids) Coordinator Trudy Peterson, StandardNet digital creative producer Lindsey Morris and Tech Services Manager Bill Petty. There is one vacancy for a rotating member. Normally, rotating members are newspaper employees representing various non-news departments.

However, we would like to change that. We would like to open up membership on the board to the community. This year we want to fill the vacancy with an opinionated reader from our circulation area. In the future, we may add more community at-large members to the seven-member panel.

If you are interested in applying, the only requirements are that you be 18 or older; live in Weber, Davis, Box Elder or Morgan county; are not an elected official; and can attend the weekly board meetings held every Monday at 2 p.m.

So, if you find yourself complaining about our editorials on a regular basis, here's your chance to change that. Then, your neighbors can complain to you about the editorials.

To apply, simply write a short essay on why you want to be part of the editorial board, and email or mail it to me. The contact information is below. The board will call in the finalists for interviews before making a decision. We plan to make endorsements in municipal elections this year, so this will be your chance to pick which candidates will receive our blessing.

Only opinionated people with a thick skin need apply.

QUIZ SHOW: One of our correspondents recorded the following exchange with a source she was interviewing as part of a feature story on a business. The story had nothing to do with politics or college.

Interviewee: "Are you a Democrat?"

Reporter: "Excuse me?"

Interviewee: "Are you a Democrat?"

Reporter: "Well, that's none of your business."

Interviewee: "Well then, that means you are."

Reporter: "No, it does not."

Interviewee: "Well, 98 percent of you journalists are Democrat."

Reporter: "OK."

Interviewee: "Did you go to journalism school?"

Reporter: "Yes."

Interviewee: "Did you go to BYU?"

Reporter: "No. I went to Weber State. My sister went to BYU, though."

Interviewee: "I went to BYU."

Reporter: "OK."

I guess the subject only wanted to be interviewed by a Republican BYU grad.

Andy Howell is executive editor. He can be reached at 801-625-4210 or Mailing address is P.O. Box 12790, Ogden, UT 84412-2790.



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