Just the facts ma’am

Recently, arriving to work one morning I was welcomed by a message – an anonymous message with no call display. The caller began by saying they just read the paper and took offense – very colourfully I might add, to a photo we printed of flowers being planted in the Newcastle downtown planter boxes. Saying numerous times “lady you obviously don’t live in Newcastle because you don’t know what you are talking about…” She continued – which I am not going to repeat, venting and complaining about individual businesses, the state of the village and our local government.

I have received similar messages in the past – some anonymous, some people I have spoken to. Depending on the context of their rant I will decide if it is something worth pursuing.

Always tell both sides of a story. It’s an old axiom of journalism intended to offer objectivity and credibility, in theory, to report stories without bias.

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