As promised earlier this fall, our weekly “Your Page” is back after a short vacation so we could give you more college football and high school sports coverage in our Sunday Sports section.
For those who are reading this plea for the first time, this is a showcase of our commitment to community journalism, including to our many high school contributors who already have done some outstanding work this fall.
We started his project a year ago and our first “Your Page” was published Dec. 18, 2011. We filled this page every Sunday through Aug. 26 — 37 weeks — with your stories, photos and comments.
Our plea to the community is simple, summed up in three words: What’s your story? We want you not only to tell us what you want to see on this page, but to write it yourself and take your own photos.
I will be your editor, working with your when needed to craft the story you want to share with our readers.
In those first 37 weeks, we ran stories on runners, triathletes, cyclists, rugby, motocross and roller derby. We had golf and running tips and wonderful nature stories from Rick Hollis.
But we want more. What’s important to you, what’s your passion?
Tell us your stories and share your thoughts by contacting me at the number or email address below.
Another element of our community journalism is working with high school students who have an interest in journalism or simply want to see more coverage of their schools, their teams or teammates.
I have visited nearly 30 schools this fall, including newcomers like Springville, Ed-Co, Starmont, Dyersville Beckman and North Fayette. I have a trip planned to Decorah this week and am looking for more schools to visit in the months ahead.
Our hope with this also is simple: We have around 100 high schools in The Gazette/KCRG footprint and would like some level of coverage for every school. We can do that with your help while also bringing some great work to a larger audience.
All of our contributions to date can been found at www.IowaPrepSports.com. Several stories have found a home in the paper, including today with Jake Durgin’s outstanding piece on his brother and the sacrifice wrestlers make.
We hope you enjoy.
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