From the Newsroom Crazy news day defies prediction

first_imgCraig Brown is The Columbian’s editor. His column will appear in this space periodically. Contact him at 360-735-4514 or [email protected] OK, I probably deserved what happened on Monday. After telling you last week that we were predictably in the middle of the summer news doldrums, we had one of those crazy days.The day started slowly, just as I had so foolishly predicted. Because I was the first editor in the door on Monday morning, I started to put together the daily news budget.The well seemed dry. We had a late story coming out of the Vancouver City Council, which was to hear a report on the new Navigation Center, which has been the subject of considerable complaints from neighbors and others. That seemed like a front-page story, and we had recent pictures.We knew there was going to be a protest in Camas over plans to cut some trees south of Lacamas Lake in order to develop the land for homes. There was a photo, so that could be our C1 centerpiece. Finally, we had a story worthy of the front page about concerns that fixing up the area along Fourth Plain in central Vancouver could end up pricing neighbors on fixed incomes out of their homes.And that was it. We were three stories short, and in my mind, four stories, because the Navigation Center and the gentrification stories were too similar to run on the same page on the same day.last_img