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Dear Media, Give Me Less Noise and More Feeling

Slow down and concentrate on giving us something we want.

Hurry! Before someone else covers the fireworks! Get it published! We need to be first!

I grew up in Lake County. I believe your hometown is a lot like your parents: you may get tired of them when you're young, you may want to move away, but you'll always love them.

Lake County has grown. Some are delighted, some hate it, but let's be honest, most people think "It is what it is" and move on. It's the vocal minority that we're all forced to listen to. Think back to the library issues between Libertyville and Vernon Hills. Was it a big issue? No. It was an issue. But because a few people started yelping about it, it looked like it was.

Reporters will go where people rant and moan the most. Steal money, make backdoor deals and change your vote on the board and reporters won't even see it. Scream in the middle of Milwaukee Avenue that the soccer team needs new uniforms and every publication will come running.

Some say the media is overworking itself because they're trying to outdo their competition. Maybe. I see people like Korrina (Patch), Jake and Josh (Herald) around town and they look tired. I follow what they write, and a lot of times it's good.

Other times it's not. But you're not going to win awards with every story.

But in this day of seeing who can get it first, publish it first and even write the craziest headline first, wouldn't it be great to see someone slow down, talk to the people in town and get it right? Get it interesting? Get meaningful?

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Mary Jo July 06, 2012 at 07:23 PM
I can't agree more. I know snippets are what sites like Patch, Yahoo, etc. want to give readers. And there are plenty of sites out there for that. But a local site where we can read really interesting, locally focused stories is what I'm craving. I'd rather read one or two really interesting, detailed local stories a week than the dozens of snippets they give me every day. Amen, Art!
Nightcrawler July 09, 2012 at 11:15 PM
This site had someone doing that for a short while, but he was chased away by an old editor who was more concerned with exactly what you refer to, Art.
QT Pie July 09, 2012 at 11:38 PM
In some suburbs, the coverage is great. I work in Deerfield and find lots of news and events well covered. In turn, lots of Deerfield residents turn to Patch every day. Here in the 'Ville, seems like weaker reporting and a lot of local business owners writing columns in hopes of promoting themselves. Boringggg.
Korrina Grom (Editor) July 12, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Hi everyone! I appreciate your comments. Please feel free to reach out to me if there's anything in particular that you think we should be covering. I welcome your suggestions and feedback!

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