We want to hear from you

As we start a new year, the Chronicle wants to hear your stories.

It’s a new year, and you’ve got a new editor, so we at the Chronicle thought this would be a great chance to ask you what you want to see in your paper.

If there’s one thing I hope for in 2012, it’s to continue the high standard of the Chronicle and to make sure we deliver a paper that you are interested in and are proud of every week.

We want to emphasize the “community” in community newspaper, and we want to give you the stories that will get you talking — stories that will make you laugh and make you think and that make you linger over your local newspaper instead of just flipping through.

Personally, I really like meeting people and finding out their stories, so I hope I get a chance to write a lot of these “people stories.” And I don’t mean just about people who are doing something extraordinary. I don’t think you have to be doing something particularly spectacular, because I think everyone has an interesting story to tell about why they do what they do and how they ended up where they are now. This is what I love about journalism — and about community journalism in particular.

We try really hard to bring you your neighbours’ interesting stories, but we know we’re not perfect. There’s a lot out there that we don’t know. And we can’t do it alone.

We want to hear from you, and we really hope you’ll feel comfortable coming to us and sharing your stories. Our door is always open, and I hope you’ll always find us approachable and eager to listen.

Please feel free to drop in to the Chronicle office at 341 First Ave. or e-mail editor@ladysmithchronicle.com if you have any stories you’d like to share. We’re all ears!

— Lindsay Chung