|Diversity key component to a newsroom
Multiple personalities make for better debate and more balanced atmosphere
One thing that is key to a newsroom is diversity. Without diversity, there are no new ideas introduced to a newsroom, there is no form of debate and stories often are told only from one side of an issue.
Here at The Community Voice, we feel we have a rather diverse group of personalities, to say the least. We have a mix of the old-school journalism in Jud Snyder and new-age journalists and writers in Mira Brody and Natalie Gray.
The invaluable Jud Snyder
There should be someone like Jud Snyder in every newsroom. His weekly Coffeegrounds column has been a staple of this newspaper since the first edition and has provided plenty of water-cooler fodder over the years. Besides writing a great column, Jud is a direct link to this area’s past. Jud knows the story of just about anybody who’s ever done anything in this area. He’s basically a walking encyclopedia of local information.
Jud also has an uncanny ability to call local elections long before any vote is tallied.
Natalie is a Southern California native and a Sonoma State University graduate who has decided she’ll make Sonoma County her home.
The native of Monrovia said she continues to be amazed at how much more family oriented Sonoma County tends to be compared with Southern California.
“It seems like there’s more for families to do together up here, and it’s a lot prettier,” Natalie said. “I most like writing stories that have to do with kids, and I hope to do a lot more of that at The Voice.”
Mira is a Rohnert Park native and a graduate of Chico State University. (Read Mira’s take on the newspaper in this section).
Our photography department – Jane Peleti and Robert Grant – have proven invaluable to our staff because not only do they produce quality work on a weekly basis, they also are so well connected in the community they bring a number of interesting stories to our news meetings.
The importance of contributors
The Community Voice also wouldn’t be the same if not for our weekly contributors such as Ken Weise and Scott Sheldon to the business pages; Steven Campbell, Julie Ann Anderson, Gigi Shames and George Malkemus to our health and fitness section.
And then there’s me, Dave Williams, the news team leader. I’ve been with The Voice for the past three years, but I’ve been a Sonoma County resident for the past 22 years.
Some of you may remember me as the sports reporter for the Press Democrat who covered the Oakland Raiders and high school wrestling. I also worked at publications in St. Helena and Novato before coming to The Community Voice.
It’s my job to corral the staff’s talent each week and get a paper out. Thankfully, Mira, Natalie, Jud, Robert and Jane have made it very easy.