As journalists we are trained to be observers. This quite often means we watch, we ask, we record, we write.
But sometimes our thoughts on our observations do have a place and blogs can help serve as that place. A blog is not a news story. It is expected to contain opinions and thoughts that go beyond simple observations.
A community or “beat” blog can be a place for that as well and in a recent post, Bridget Albert did just that.
Bridget did not take a position on a meeting she covered about a proposal for a gun shop in a town she covers.
But she did take a position on the way some folks treated each other at the meeting. A few people were downright rude, she observed.
In this way, the B.O.W. WOW blog became a gentle, though pointed, reminder that as we practice our right to free speech, we also must respect others’ same rights. And that is a service to the entire community.