The Daily Union service to Junction City

The Daily Union service to Junction City

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Since: Jul 09

Washington, DC

#1 Oct 25, 2009
The Daily Union needs to get its act together, Sell out or just shut down.
This is the worst news paper I have ever seen.
It is hard to trust the info that is printed in the Daily Union.
or should I say the info that is not printed in the Daily Union.

The job of a news Paper is to provide the people they service with the current and correct information and do that on a timely matter. No one wants to read things in the Topeka, Kansas City, Manhattan or Salina paper for a week then a one liner shows up in the Daily Union that says nothing.

The Daily Union tries to only post things that make them and themselves and the city commissioners look good. The Daily Union does not want the citizens of Junction City to know the truth about what is going on in the real Junction City. The Rod Barnes story is a good example of this. The Mick Wunder trial is another example.

The Daily Union printed a statement that "We are trying to do the best job we can to provide the most up-to-date information to our readers." If this is the truth then where are the police Reports, Club reports, Drug checkpoint reports, DUI reports, Court reports, Commission Reports, Health Dept inspection reports, Fire Calls reports, licenes issued report and all the reports the public pay for but never get to see.

Since: Jul 09

Washington, DC

#2 Oct 25, 2009
This was published by The Daily Union 1

Setting the Record Straight; Doing the Best That We Can

During the past several months, there has been criticism of The Daily Union for its lack of reporting of the housing issues in the Junction City area, most notably the lack of investigative reporting on the Sutter Woods, Sutter Highlands and Olivia Farms subdivisions and the city's bonded indebtedness.

In an editorial on April 15, 2007, about the city possibly creating a public buildings commission to fund city building projects, The Daily Union questioned not only the wisdom of such a commission but also how the city intended to pay for those buildings as well as handle the city's mounting debt. We asked for an accountability of how the city would pay off the rising debt levels.

Where was the Taxpayers Association after we wrote our editorial? Why did it take so long for them to join us in asking about the city's debt situation?

The Junction City Taxpayers Association, who held a public meeting in early January 2008, began publicly decrying the increasing public debt on its Web site months after this editorial.

In a Nov. 4, 2007, editorial about greater cooperation among government entities and citizens, we again expressed the need to keep citizens better informed about how the city planned to repay the debt.

INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING

While all newsrooms would like to have an investigative reporter, a story as complicated as this one would take more experience than our small news staff of relatively inexperienced reporters has.

In addition, it would have taken reporters away from other reporting assignments, which our readers also expect us to cover.

We did publish a series of articles about city debt in 2008, talking to people on both sides of the issue.

Remember, it took the U.S. attorney's office more than a year of investigation with subpoena power and a grand jury to be able to charge and convict two individuals, including former city commissioner Mick Wunder.

Clearly city commissioners were in an ideal position to get information about city indebtedness, the plan to pay for it and to judge its merits as well as disseminate to the public.

BLOGS AND INFORMATION

There are some in the community who believe we should have a blog site on our Web site and we are working on one.

However, judging from the tone used by many bloggers on other sites, you have to wonder what happened to civil discourse. It's unbelievable how people write about one another. Heaven help you if you don't agree with the writers.

That's a problem for us as we view ourselves as a family oriented operation. The use of bad language and libelous statements is not something we take lightly. Unfortunately, all too many blog sites have this problem.

We find the use of anonymous names also interesting. The common excuse is the fear of retaliation. Judging from what some people write and the way they write it, we can understand their fear.

BIASED REPORTING

There's been a great deal of discussion about biased reported or as we like to think, reporting that may not agree with your perspective.

A case in point, during the Mick Wunder trial we printed 25 to 40 inches of testimony on a daily basis — more than any other area news organization. There were some critics who thought we purposely left out testimony that was important to their view of the trial, thus showing their own biases.

In actuality, it wasn't key to the Wunder case or there was more important testimony to publish to create an objective and balanced presentation.

Overall we believe we did a good job of covering a trial in which the defendant said he accepted payments totaling $19,000 to help defray medical costs but couldn't produce medical invoices to back up the claim.

Since: Jul 09

Washington, DC

#3 Oct 25, 2009
This was published by The Daily Union 2

Setting the Record Straight; Doing the Best That We Can

LETTERS TO EDITOR

We accept all letters to the editor, and unless they are libelous, contain grammatical errors, are too lengthy or are unsigned, we try to publish them as is.

However, there are some exceptions. We won't run daily letters to the editor from the same person, saying the same thing. After a particular subject is covered, we generally don't then publish more letters that say the same thing as previous letters. The subject is worn out.

The other thing that writers fail to do is put a phone number on the letter so we can verify the writer. If there is no phone number or address to verify the letter, it is not published.

BETTER OFF READING

Another interesting thing we've seen is the people who call The Daily Union a rag, but then ask on the blog if anyone knows anything about a particular subject.

A case in point is a recent blog concerning the Regional Planning Organization, which Geary, Riley and Pottawatomie counties are trying to establish. Several writers stated they thought it was wrong that the RPO office was going to be in Manhattan.

Too bad they didn't read The Daily Union to find out the RPO was going to have office space at Fort Riley, so that no community is favored.

STORY IDEAS

The Daily Union editorial staff obtains its stories from a variety of sources. Besides our beat sources, we receive story ideas from phone calls, e-mails, folks who stop by the office or stop us on the street, other newspapers as well as blog and Internet sites. We use a variety of sources, that's the way news organizations work.

We are trying to do the best job we can to provide the most up-to-date information to our readers. If you have any suggestions or story ideas, please contact me. We are always looking for good stories.

Tom A. Throne is general manager of The Daily Union. He can be reached at [email protected]

It is a shame to Junction City to have The Daily Union as its only city Newspaper.
fyi

Junction City, KS

#4 Oct 25, 2009
Professor66441 wrote:
If this is the truth then where are the police Reports, Club reports, Drug checkpoint reports, DUI reports, Court reports, Commission Reports, Health Dept inspection reports, Fire Calls reports, licenes issued report and all the reports the public pay for but never get to see.
Why don't you actually pick up the paper and read it - this stuff you're looking for appears daily on page 3
to fyi

Junction City, KS

#5 Oct 25, 2009
Can't you tell Professor66441 can't read let alone tie his shoes.

“Not Elephant Nor Jackass”

Since: Oct 09

Manhattan KS

#6 Oct 26, 2009
Professor66441 wrote:
This was published by The Daily Union 2
Setting the Record Straight; Doing the Best That We Can
LETTERS TO EDITOR
We accept all letters to the editor, and unless they are libelous, contain grammatical errors, are too lengthy or are unsigned, we try to publish them as is.
However, there are some exceptions. We won't run daily letters to the editor from the same person, saying the same thing. After a particular subject is covered, we generally don't then publish more letters that say the same thing as previous letters. The subject is worn out.
The other thing that writers fail to do is put a phone number on the letter so we can verify the writer. If there is no phone number or address to verify the letter, it is not published.

Tom A. Throne is general manager of The Daily Union. He can be reached at [email protected]
[email protected]

The Daily Bunion can make all the excuses they want but "It Do Stink."

You can NOT get a letter published if you have a negative interaction with one of their big advertisers.

YOU CAN NOT BUY SPACE to publish a statement in the adds section if you have a negative interaction with one of their big advertisers.

The paper is poorly run and of questionable integrity.

That long-winded set of excuses is the first clue.
Hey Professor

Junction City, KS

#7 Oct 26, 2009
The DU ISN'T exactly a wealth of information, but if the Professor had ever BOUGHT one rather than reading the FREE WEBSITE, he would have known better.

That’s pretty ignorant for a 3 post rant.

If you are going to bitch, at least get your sh|t right before you rant.
Weekender

Junction City, KS

#8 Feb 19, 2013
I enjoy reading the Daily Union. I have read it for years. I look forward to receiving it on the days that it is published.
dumas

United States

#9 Feb 19, 2013
Weekender wrote:
I enjoy reading the Daily Union. I have read it for years. I look forward to receiving it on the days that it is published.
kinda lame, commenting on a four year old thread.
Push play

Junction City, KS

#10 Feb 19, 2013
Gerald

Junction City, KS

#11 Feb 20, 2013
Push play wrote:
OMG!!! That is almost too horrible for words. Who is that?
Ford

United States

#12 Feb 20, 2013
Gerald wrote:
<quoted text>
OMG!!! That is almost too horrible for words. Who is that?
Looks like George if he lost 60 pounds.
Texas

Junction City, KS

#13 Feb 20, 2013
Gerald wrote:
<quoted text>
OMG!!! That is almost too horrible for words. Who is that?
It's "Professor66441" - google it. He started this thread about the Daily Union, I guess.
Rooalike

Junction City, KS

#14 Feb 20, 2013
Ford wrote:
<quoted text>
Looks like George if he lost 60 pounds.
And trimmed his hair and beard a little, LOL!!!
Tina

Junction City, KS

#15 Mar 2, 2013
The Daily Union has a good paper. You cant expect the New York Times.
seriously

Milford, KS

#16 Mar 2, 2013
The people that work there are all pot head losers with nothing going for them, i even heard the top dog is addicted to crack.
top dog

Spring Hill, KS

#17 Mar 4, 2013
seriously wrote:
The people that work there are all pot head losers with nothing going for them, i even heard the top dog is addicted to crack.
I is not!*snort, snort*
Reporter

Spring Hill, KS

#18 Mar 5, 2013
In order to increase efficiency and provide the best service possible, effective immediately, the Daily Union will only be delivering the paper once a month. Unfortunately the cost for subscriptions will be $947.50 for three months. That's 50% off the new single issue price!
Question

Junction City, KS

#19 Mar 20, 2013
Is the internet Daily Union the same as the printed Daily Union? I usually buy a copy when I get my Cappucino but if it is the same online maybe I'll try it. Is it free?
not a reader

Junction City, KS

#21 Mar 21, 2013
Agnostick wrote:
Junction City has a newspaper? Since when?
It's a small pamphlet that is put out 5 day a week. You can purchase the the same pamphlet on Sat, Sun and Monday

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