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May-18-2014 01:11printcomments

Announcing Salem-News.com's Revamped Leadership

The online news group shakes the dust off its boots and restructures from within.

Bonnie King
Publisher Bonnie King enjoys the beauty of the Willamette River, Salem, Oregon. Photo by Sean King

(SALEM, Ore.) - Salem-News.com has been going through some big changes as of late, including staff restructuring and I would like to share some insight into what you can expect from Salem-News.com going forward.

Always, Salem-News.com remains committed to Truth, Justice & Peace, offering quality content that matters from notable writers and correspondents around the world. The overall look of the site and certain dynamics of our news product are evolving, as you will see in the next few weeks.

The most immediate change is in leadership. Tim King will no longer be serving as Executive News Editor. This is for reasons beyond the scope of this article, as it is not appropriate to discuss details of some business decisions publicly; privacy should be respected. I am confident that Tim will carry on with the important projects he is invested in including Operation Red Dragonfly and the very worthwhile support of our veterans. (If you would like to correspond with Tim King, his email is: reddragonfly80@yahoo.com)

Taking his place will be a small group of Editors with me, Publisher Bonnie King, at the helm, for the time being. By working together we will see Salem-News continue to develop and grow without interruption.

Many staff writers and longtime readers will recall that I filled the Editor role for months while Tim went to Afghanistan and then later Iraq, embedded with the military. Additionally, I have been the only consistent presence within the Salem community since the beginning.

The life-blood of Salem-News.com is our writers. They bring to light subjects that cannot be learned anywhere else in many cases. Readers learn, every time they open Salem-News.com. Enlightening our fellow man to the reality of the consequences of our individual actions and those of our governments, etc. has been a rewarding experience for all of us at Salem-News.

Most of our writers are committed to Salem-News.com, but there will be some people leaving while others are coming on board throughout this time of transition. It is nature taking its course.

Our coverage of in-depth issues (i.e. Israeli-Palestinian conflict; Infant circumcision; the War on Drugs; Veteran Support; Women’s Rights; Taking on Big Pharma; Rwanda’s Fight for Life; the Sri Lanka/Tamil genocide; and much, much more) will continue with a concentration on solutions, source fact-checking and making information available for ongoing reader-research.

Our IT Guru, Matt Lintz, remains a constant pillar of strength and source of many miracles, keeping Salem-News.com on its feet throughout all the ups and downs of carving out a “never before” online news group.

A new team of volunteers, the Salem-News Regulators, is coming together. They are our own posse of good guys!

Regulators are talented people on all ends of the journalistic and technology spectrums. These are volunteer positions, for the length of time each individual has to offer. Participating can add valuable sparkle to your current work experience.

We are looking for Regulator team members now. It doesn’t matter where you are, everything we do is electronic and the last thing to limit our ability to work together is physicality.

WANTED:

  • Graphic Artists to create headers, layouts, promos, client ads, and more.
  • Photographers (still & video) for special events, breaking news, and citizen reporting.
  • Video Editors/Producers
  • Marketing/Sales people that want to get in on the fastest growing industry on the planet. (Great commission!)
  • Special Section Editors: Sports, the Arts, Entertainment/Music, Education, the Environment, local Happenings and Events, the Political or Financial arena, Outdoors
  • Technical assistants

If you are interested in joining the Salem-News Regulators, just drop me a line and let me know what you can do and what your qualifications are. We will internally review the requests and extend invitations.

Raising the Bar:

The Salem-News Comments section will take an immediate “about face”. No longer will the Comments be a place for debate with the Editor. No longer will name-calling, vulgarity or threatening tones be allowed. We manually approve comments, unlike most news sites. I expect comments to be on topic and non-abusive, or they will not be published.

Articles will be less sensational and more focused, direct and to the point. You will see a new and improved “look”, and a consistent upgrading of all the products we bring to our readership, as well as several new programs to be unveiled in coming months.

Without fail, Salem-News.com will maintain our stance in exposing the lies and corruption around the world, as we hold fast in our belief that we can improve things, together. Human Rights belong to everyone.

Salem-News.com has an obligation to honor the contributions of the many volunteer writers, editors and photographers that have given of themselves, and others that have believed in us and stood by us over the last near-decade, by consistently delivering a news product that they can be proud to be a part of. That is our goal with these new standards.

Thank you for sticking with Salem-News.com; we are stuck on you, too.

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Trina May 30, 2014 3:53 pm (Pacific time)

I have noticed a refreshing change already at Salem-News.com. More local stories...keep up the great work!


Roger von Butow, hello again! May 27, 2014 10:23 pm (Pacific time)

I posted as "remediation= federal $$" back in 2010 to one of your articles and you were kind enough to say thanks. I appreciated that.. It was about Ellzey. Still here in the Pac NW, and I want to say Thank-you, once again for ALL the research you did, and that you allowed me to be a small part of exposing the Orange County debacle. :) I am going to see if I can find your Gonzo Laguna blog. I think we may be kindred spirits on this search for truths, which never ends.


Josh Akers May 27, 2014 2:47 pm (Pacific time)

I pop by the site after quite a while and see sme big changes here. Wonderful... i hope, right? Bonnie i remember meeting and talking about selling ad space for you a few years back, but i wasnt able to do it then. I since have lots of exp with cold calls and cold approach sales, so i'll go ahead and shoot you an email about giving it another shot...


Roger E. Bütow May 26, 2014 12:14 pm (Pacific time)

Bonnie: Congrats.......Not sure what Dexter's comments allude to regarding "which side of the fence," etc....It's your online, your fiscal & authoritative responsibility to gather funding and keep duckies in a row----if some don't stay with S-N.com, or find they're not a good fit regarding oversight/rules, there are always other outlets. GOOGLE® has great templates and free blog resources. I've returned to my roots here in Laguna Beach/South OC, I write a blog called GONZO LAGUNA, stopped posting with you several years ago because I was enamored with S-N.com direction, but have ZERO hard feelings as i told you on the phone the other day. I'll always treasure my short week Spring vacation to Salem as one of my precious memories, especially that wild & beautiful, unparalleled Oregon coast! Baiting you personally with comments about censorship or other distractions during a time of distraction/transition, including your personal relationship with Tim, is weird and precipitous. Frankly, I don't miss the blog trolls, the endless bickering and back-biting between commentators and the editorial staff whenever I posted or read the work of others. I have always felt that the journalist who posts has a responsibility to present facts as they see them, then be held accountable by readers, then be the one to defend those facts. Best of luck, and Semper Fi on this, Memorial Day 2014.


Dexter May 19, 2014 2:19 pm (Pacific time)

I'm rather intrigued , but also cautious . It's starting to sound like the old days of strict regulations of the corporate media . But it's also good news for this news company as well ( keeping them going ) . I wonder what side of the fence this new team will be when it comes to regulating , selecting , and editing your freelance journalists ? Will I have to renew my press credentials , as well as my press pass , when submitting with my eyes closed .... And my fingers crossed ?


Justice May 19, 2014 12:45 pm (Pacific time)

Censorship is a big no no.


Happy reader May 19, 2014 3:22 am (Pacific time)

Right on Bonnie! We've been waiting to hear this news. READERS! Now You'll get more READERS!!


Seeking Justice May 18, 2014 10:59 am (Pacific time)

Salem-news has always been a beacon on the internet for truth and justice. I am delighted to know that Salem-news shall remain, and under Bonnie's leadership shall surely thrive!


Jane Ann May 18, 2014 8:39 am (Pacific time)

I eagerly anticipate the exciting changes at Salem-news.com as you continue to focus on delivering news. Thank you for your professionalism by announcing these changes with dignity and grace.

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