There have been a lot of comments on my Galt stories recently with readers asking why we cover the city to the north when we are located in Lodi.
Our crime reporter Layla Bohm offered a detailed explanation as a comment on my story about roundabouts. Since I also cover both Lodi and Galt, I just wanted to quickly throw in my two cents.
Oftentimes, newspapers covers multiple areas. The Record covers Lodi. It also covers Tracy and Manteca, even though those cities have their own papers. The Sacramento Bee also occasionally covers issues in Galt and even Lodi.
I consider it a luxury to have two papers covering one city considering cutbacks in the industry nationwide. Having more than one news source keeps reporters on their toes and adds a little competition that might lead writers and photographers to be a bit more aggressive or dig a little deeper to find informative stories.
I feel like Galt and Lodi have a lot of connections. We have staff in our newsroom who live in Galt. One of our reporters lives in Stockton but has family in Galt. Also, I have found many of the issues we cover in either city is mirrored in the other. Walmart for example has been a contentious issue with some groups in both cities. I have heard people in Lodi suggest the idea of running something similar to the Galt Market to fund the city. And who knows? Maybe roundabouts are next on the horizon for Lodi.
So while I understand your concerns, I do feel it is important to cover both communities to the best of my ability. As always, if I'm missing stories in either city, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, give me a call at 369-7035 or stop by the newsroom. Thanks.