Opinion: Not getting the whole story

It ran online.

It’s a phrase I find myself uttering with increasing frequency these days when interacting with readers who are in search of a particular story or photo.

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The Optimist has been publishing for the past 98 years so it only stands to reason that many readers see the newspaper as a printed entity, one that shows up on local doorsteps every Thursday thanks to our trusty carrier force. However, an ever-increasing part of our operation is being conducted online, which has me constantly reminding people that if you’re only reading us in print, you’re not getting all the news.

Our weekly package at the doorstep filled with news, sports, ads, real estate and flyers can be quite substantial, but even with all that girth, and all that newsprint, it still doesn’t tell the whole story. If you didn’t visit our website in the last week or so, you would have missed the fact Delta police identified a suspect in brazen weekend break-ins, that a restaurant in Tsawwassen Commons is already closing and that actors will be using prop shotguns during filming in Ladner. You wouldn’t know the Triple O’s is supposed to be up and running on Ladner Trunk Road by November, that former premier Bill Vander Zalm is calling the SkyTrain extension to Langley “crazy” or that Amazon has started to hire for its soon-to-open fulfillment centre at the Tsawwassen First Nation.

In addition to even more local content, our website (www.delta-optimist.com) includes articles from our sister papers in the Lower Mainland as well as from our extended Glacier Media family, which has done a fantastic job covering the hunt for the two teenagers wanted in connection with three B.C. murders. Our site featured 20 stories on the nation-wide manhunt over a 10-day period.

You’ll also find an ever-changing inventory of stories from Canadian Press and Associated Press so you can keep up to date on national and international news as well as extensive coverage of the Vancouver Canucks through the Pass it to Bulis blog.

OK, I’m done selling you on our website, but before I sign off, I feel compelled to remind you that if you’re only reading us in print, you’re not getting all the news.

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