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Mosaic journalism

News reporting may be improved by presenting issues in a manner that organizes events and issues as they relate to one another. This is known as a mosaic form of journalism.

For instance, most of the community’s problems are not new; they have been studied over and over again. An effort should be made to report why all these studies have been forgotten.

The city and county have bibliographies and libraries that will illustrate my point. The failure of the study method is why we continually try to reinvent the wheel.

Another example of connecting up information would be to organize the public notices into categories.

A real estate business section that uses data and analysis and interviews would be very helpful to an understanding of the local economy.

The city and county do not provide the public with any updated data in regular, user-friendly reports.

No reports are made evaluating any progress made toward planning goals. For instance, no one ever questions the success government has had in progress toward its goal to control growth so that it pays its own way in public costs.

The County Home Rule Charter provides for a Financial Advisory Board (FAB), but it is seldom in the news and appears to be a wasted resource. You will learn a lot about county accounting methods if you quietly investigate the history of the FAB. There are years of FAB minutes that can be scanned for background to this issue.

KNCB Moore

Aspen


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