It’s almost impossible to work in the news business and not feel, at least occasionally, that you know a bit more about what’s going on than the guy walking down the street. Sometimes, that extrapolates into rationalizing that you know what’s important. And there’s where the trouble starts.
It’s trouble because what’s important to us, might not be important to you or your neighbor or your sister down the road.
And so it is that a big part of our job becomes cramming as much news as we can into the space we have, letting readers decide for themselves what’s important. We do a better job of that on some days than we do others, and pleasing most of the people on any given day is a tougher chore than it might appear.
But now and then we have a good idea about something we can do that should be fairly popular.
Today is such a day.
Elsewhere in this edition you’ll find a page of listings from our online databases.
Yes, on our Web site, www.thecabin.net, we began some time ago compiling databases of various types of information. Some of these lists (arrest warrants) have been extremely popular. Others (public official salaries) have met with mixed reactions. But the common question we’ve received is one we are answering today: Why don’t you publish those in the newspaper?
Well, the simple answer is now we are.
These databases contain huge amounts of information. There are roughly 7,000 active arrest warrants in Faulkner County. Seven thousand. Publishing all those names (as we did a few months ago, incidentally). Takes up pages and pages of space. It makes sense to keep them online, where we have much more capacity to compile such information. And the outfit we’re using to compile these databases keeps the information in handy, searchable lists that allow viewers to find exactly what they’re looking for in a timely manner.
However, we know that some folks don’t use our online portal, and so for those folks, we are starting today to publish some of our databases in the Log Cabin. We won’t be able to publish the entire lists on any given day. Our plan is to publish portions of some of the lists each day, and once we get to the end of the lists, we’ll start over. It’s the best answer we’ve been able to come up with.
One other thing — we’ll use the regular size type, instead of the smaller text we might ordinarily use for listings. (Our eyes are getting worse, too.)
So, starting today, readers will be able to keep up with tons and tons of information about who owes fines and which restaurants passed Health Department inspections and so on and so on. Want to peruse certain names or businesses? Visit our databases online.
And, as always, the invitation stands — if there’s a certain type of information you’d like to see us add to our lists, let us know. Contact Editor Waylon Harris at 505-1212 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We welcome the suggestions.