Editorial: Do something, say something

We take the task of being a community resource pretty seriously at The Spotlight.

That’s easy to say and would probably fit quite nicely on a promotion spot, but to us, making good on that statement is a big deal.

Every week, we turn our eye to the news happening in the communities we cover, and the issues that affect residents there. We don’t run wire reports from across the globe or pictures of celebrity baby bumps. Local news is what we do, every day and every week.

That includes running announcements throughout every edition wherever we’re able to find the space. The point is, we do everything we possibly can to ensure our readers are not only up to date on the most important news in their localities, but the stories, events and various goings on that might not seem like a big deal to most, but are of great importance to some.

We don’t charge for these announcements, but rather take the time and effort to compile them — as well as the cost to print them — as a service we think is of importance to our readers and their communities.

We can’t be successful in this mission alone, however. That’s why we are always grateful when we receive news and announcements from the communities we serve, whether it’s a date for a workshop or a pancake breakfast, or an acknowledgement of a young college graduate.

If it’s important to you, then it’s probably news to us.

We have a symbiotic relationship with our readers, and not just when it comes to the bottom line. We do everything possible to keep abreast of what’s going on around town, but our readers help us excel in that goal by pointing out what we might have overlooked, be it a major scandal or a do-gooder who’s just too modest to be acknowledged on his or her own.

That’s why we’d like to remind everyone your news tips, as well as announcements of events, accomplishments or any other matter of public interest, are welcome at news@spotlightnews.com.

The only unfortunate part about this arrangement is we can never run all of the announcements we receive; there’s simply not enough room in our papers to contain every single piece of news that’s happening around town.

That’s where we’d advise our readers to turn to our online event calendar, at spotlightnews.com/events, where you’ll be able to advertise your event alongside other local happenings and announcements, for free.

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ConcernedParent 3 years, 10 months ago

Mr. Wiff, I appreciate the Do Something, Say Something editorial you have published and your explanation of why you limit entries, but what about your responsibility to publish submissions that offer a counterpoint on important topics? Doesn't the community deserve to challenge our officials and question situations that directly impact the welfare of our children? I think the news reporting on the violence is no less offensive than not allowing people to voice their opinion and pandering to school or town or union officials.


Charles Wiff 3 years, 10 months ago

@ConcernedParent Thank you for commenting. We strive to publish as many letters to the editor as possible every week, which provides members of the public with an outlet to provide opinions and ask questions. Letters may be submitted through the website (under the "about" tab) or by email to news@spotlightnews.com.


selkirk12158 3 years, 6 months ago

ConcernedParent. I agree. Residents and non-residents should be allowed to voice their concerns and questions. And town officials should answer these concerns/questions in the "open" and not behind closed doors. It appears to me that the Spotlight is like the Town of Bethlehem meetings: They both will only discuss what they want in the open.


february 3 years, 2 months ago

ConcernedParent and Selkirk12158. I agree. My letters and comments to the Spotlight which express my voice and concern are just about never published. When I go to a town meeting, it's usually a "we will get back to you" or we can only discuss this in my office. Mr. Wiff, I ask you what happened to our rights ? I strongly feel that the Spotlight News would have more readers if we could only voice our concerns and get answers to our questions. Here is another question ? The ACO shot a dog and the story was in the Times Union. There were many comments made and "Justice for Nicki" was created on facebook. So why didn't the Bethlehem Spotlight News report this story ? report that many residents and no-residents could not obtain answer to their questions and concerns ?


Charles Wiff 3 years, 2 months ago

@february When a letter is not published it is most often due to lack of space in the paper, or because it does not conform to our submission guidelines. These standards may be found under the "About" tab, under policies.


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