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Editor's View: Take a peek into a newspaper editor’s role

By: Don Chaddock, Telegraph Managing Editor
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The Folsom Lake College Foundation fundraiser, One Night: A New York Experience, was a veritable who’s who of the region. Emceed by retired Sacramento County Sheriff John McGinness (who is now a radio show host on KFBK) and fellow radio show host Kitty O’Neal, the bash sported a “ball drop” reminiscent of Times Square on New Year’s Eve, a concert by The Manhattan Transfer and performances later in the evening by a Jazz band and stand-up comedians. Hundreds packed Three Stages for the black-tie event. While a fundraiser, it was also meant to serve as the “official” kick-off of the Three Stages 2012-2013 season. Some local notables in attendance included retired Folsom Fire Chief Dan Haverty, retired Folsom Police Chief Sam Spiegel (the chairperson of the One Night event committee), Folsom Lake Bank chief Bob Flautt (who also serves at the Folsom Chamber of Commerce chairman of the board), all-around nice guy Bill Anderson (who is better known as Folsom’s Santa), Sacramento County Supervisor Roberta MacGlashan, Debbie Newell, Myriam and Leo Liberman, real estate team Lola and Gordon Purdy, Jolaine Collins, Bryan Byrd from Comcast, C.J. Johnson, Jack Olson with Folsom Lake Bank, Frank Visconti from Visconti’s Ristorante (serving food, of course), Enid Baldock with Hampton Inn & Suites, Joe Gagliardi with the chamber and many others. The photo this week is a rare one of me and my wife all done up for the festivities. Since I’m usually behind the camera, there are few photos of us together. In the newsroom Last week was a busy one in the news business. Tuesday, a day I had chosen to take off from work, there was a bank robbery and shooting of the suspect in a residential home (see page A1). On Thursday, Rep. Dan Lungren spoke to the Rotary Club of Historic Folsom on a variety of subjects that morning. Later that evening, Lungren was speaking at a Town Hall meeting which I’m told was packed to the gills with protesters. Where were our reporters? Our staff reporter, Laura Newell, was on vacation and our other main reporter was covering the transportation of the body of Marine Staff Sgt. Sky Mote as the procession made its way up Highway 50, through Folsom and El Dorado Hills, ending up at the Green Valley Mortuary in Cameron Park. Tagging along with reporter Penne Usher was photographer Menka Belgal. Meanwhile, back in Folsom, another group of protesters was handing out “pink slips” to commuters at the light rail station at Iron Point. They were from MoveOn.org, a liberal group, and were protesting the Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan budget plan. Anne Stokes, one of our photographers, was able to pull that all together and still make it to the Lungren Town Hall (see story on A1). As I explained to one reader questioning why the Telegraph didn’t have a reporter at the Town Hall, we can’t be everywhere at once, but we try. If we had chosen to cover Lungren twice in the same day and ignore the transportation of Mote’s remains, that would have been poor news judgment on my part. I have to consider all our options when deciding where to put our resources. If, for example, I can cover a speech by Lungren in the morning, freeing up our photographers and reporters to cover other issues that evening, it makes sense. A frequent question I get is, “What does an editor do?” Aside from some of what I’ve already mentioned, I am also the public face of the newspaper, representing us at events, speaking to community service clubs, writing stories and columns, coordinating the website content, assigning stories and photographs, fielding calls, actually putting together many of our pages (placing stories and photos), editing, planning and, when necessary, donning a tuxedo to attend a community fundraiser (while often doubling as photographer and reporter at such events). Just this week, early Tuesday morning, I was on the phone with the Nancy Grace Show being interviewed about the dead baby found in an Empire Ranch neighborhood on Sunday, Aug. 5. That’s just part of what I do as the editor of the town’s newspaper. Follow Don Chaddock on Twitter @anewsguy or e-mail him at donc@goldcountrymedia.com. Like us at Facebook.com/FolsomTelegraph.