Editorial: Tiny tales and small stories

Trent Ernst, Editor

 

Welcome to 2015. Hopefully this year holds much better things for this community than last one.

Which is not to say that everything about last year was awful, but there were a few great dollups of terrible mixed into the batter which gave the whole year a bad taste.

This year, I want to focus more on telling smaller stories.

Not that the big stories aren’t important, but it is the small stories that fascinate me, especially small stories that relate to the bigger picture stories.

These small stories? They’re your story. They’re my stories. They’re stories about the people who live here and the lives they live.

The Tumbler Ridge News has never been about mass media and mass market. We’ve never had enough people here to be considered a mass. (Heck, round everyone in town up, and you’ve barely got a decent crowd.)

Which means the paper can have a different, more intimate relationship with the people of Tumbler Ridge. We can talk. I can tell you stories. You can tell me stories. And hopefully by the end of it all, we’ll know something new and more about each other, and, if we’re lucky, about the town we live in.

My experience of Tumbler Ridge? Is seen through my eyes. It’s lived through my life. And it is different than yours.

And I don’t want the paper to be about my experiences alone. The editorials? Sure. But the paper itself? It’s designed to be a living, breathing document of what this community is.

Elsewhere, local newspapers strive to be the journals of record for the whats of a community: what happened this week.

And while what is important, it’s only one of the five ‘w’s of journalistic note: who, what, when, where, why.

For me, here and now, I think that the who is as important, or even more important than the what. It is from that question that all the other ones fall off of: in the immortal words of Kosh the Vorlon from Babylon 5 (The best TV show ever): Who are you?

More importantly, who are we? As individuals? As a community? From there we can find out the whats, the whys and the hows. But without at least asking that first question: who?, we cannot really know who we are as people and as a group of people.

So for the upcoming year, I would ask you to tell me your stories. If I get enough people doing so, I may even turn it into a section for the paper. But history has shown that is wishful thinking.

But from these small stories—things that have happened to you, things you are doing—I hope to continue to paint a picture of this town.

More importantly, I hope to foster relationships (not least of which is between the paper and the community it serves), so we can better understand each other, and better relate to one another.

Yes, the paper will continue to be a newspaper, and there will still be plenty of “what’s happening?” happening. But small stories about life fascinate me, and I’d love to hear yours.

Feel free to contact me anytime:
editor@tumblerridgenews.com.