By Guy Chapman – Navarro County Gazette

Yes We Can

The start of 2022 has been an unusual one for recent news stories. I planned out a variety of articles for this year, but some unscripted events presented themselves. Such is the nature of journalism.

The recent police investigation stories led the narrative for last week. This new week is equally as full, if tonally different, the result of opportunities growing out the Gazette‘s range. I hope readers will enjoy what’s to come over the next few days.

“Growth” has been on my mind a lot. Long-time readers know that we’re a small publication, and while the want to cover more is always a first and foremost goal, it takes time. And to coin an old phrase, “it takes a village.”

This year, the Gazette will be expanding its range of stories. How fast will this happen? It’s dependent on a few factors, but good stories should entice readers to come back and see what happens next. It’s not going to be rushed, and I’m not publicizing everything in advance. Not just yet, anyway. Part of maintaining this site is ensuring its level of quality remains consistent. I’m not going to abruptly debut the next milestone just to have it “there.”

For “spoilers,” I’ll likely be covering some level of extreme winter weather in the next few weeks. Depending how Omicron goes for the next month or two, I’ll be posting statistics to keep the community informed. For the sake of diversity, I’m already looking to expand written content with new voices. There are a few anniversaries and events to acknowledge. Some stories will present themselves when the time comes. History, as they say, is always being written.

I don’t always talk about “work” in my column, but we’ve hit a few milestones this past week with over 2,000 “Likes” on Facebook and some new doors opening up for content options. I’m always looking for news stories that present the best of what our community can offer, but that content will also come from a place that’s real.

The next story always has the potential to be better. I’ve got a few in mind.

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