“It’s the community, stupid.” That paraphrases the maxim James Carville made famous when he served as campaign strategist for Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign.
I keep that in mind as I go about my job and try to get out into the community.
Last week, I served as guest speaker at the Stockton Host Lions Club weekly lunch meeting.
It takes some commitment for any group to want to meet weekly for lunch. Although, Steve Richmond, who I sat next to at the lunch, told me that not everyone makes all of the lunches.
Given the size of the Greek Chicken Salad I was served at Bud’s Seafood Grille, eating there regularly would either not be good for one’s waistline or would provide several meals a day.
I also learned that the club value’s its name as the “Host Lions” because, if I recall correctly, it was the original Lions club from which other Lions clubs in the area sprang.
But in addition, I learned that they care about their community, the people they serve and the people they read about.
So when I was invited by Roy Morales of Chase Chevrolet, I asked him what he wanted me to speak about. He suggested I discuss The Record’s community involvement. (Coincidentally, Roy did not attend this meeting. Perhaps, he had heard me talk before and didn’t want to sit through it again.)
So I told them about the events The Record hosts:
• The Pinnacle Awards, which celebrate academic achievement.
• Best of The Record All-Star Preps, which celebrate athletic achievement.
• Kidz Expo, which is just fun for kids.
• The Record’s Stockton Auto Show and Family Festival, which is not just for auto enthusiasts but for anyone who enjoys a good time. This year, Dave Kindig, host of TV’s “Bitchin’ Rides” will be the featured guest.
• Best of San Joaquin, which honors area businesses as voted by their customers and fans.
Conducting these events are part of The Record’s commitment to being involved in the community. After all, this is where we live and work, and being involved is just as much about being a good neighbor as it is in doing good business.
And while the model of the newspaper has changed, producing a paper is just one area of our business. We also do commercial printing and events and run a website.
There used to be a time when a newspaper editor handled only the news side of the business. Nowadays, that’s just one facet of my job. I’m everything from a community liaison to an office designer, depending on the time and day of the week.
It’s fun, sometimes. Frustrating, sometimes. And interesting, most of the time.
Speaking of interesting, one other place I had a chance to drop in last week was the monthly Crime Stoppers meeting. Held at Stockton Police station on Market Street, this group is committed to getting criminal suspects off the street.
So I shared with them, and I’ll share with you, that we are working toward getting the Crime Stoppers feature back in print and online, beginning next month.
We feel that this is a valued feature that lost traction and fell out of our pages. Our plan is to bring it back, enhanced, including a podcast version.
And now, we are officially on the clock, since I have announced this.
Stay tuned, there is more to come.
And finally, if you have not done so, be sure to go to recordnet.com/violent for audio and video storytelling in our ongoing Violent Crime Project. There you can listen to staff writers explain how they went about reporting and writing these stories on the effects of violent crime on the survivors of those who been lost to violence.
When these tragedies occur, we look on for a time, then go away. Unfortunately, for those touched by them, the horror never leaves.
Contact Editor Donald W. Blount at (209) 546-8251 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him at recordnet.com/editorblog and on Twitter @donblount.