Kate Martin of the Skagit Valley Herald tells Romenesko readers: “After a very long and hectic week of news coverage (still going) after an interstate bridge collapse in Skagit County, Wash., this was a very welcome treat. An unnamed reader had dropped these buns off. They were still warm and incredibly delicious.” The reporter adds: “We don’t know who sent them, but we have our suspicions.”
“You worked your buns off for us this week covering the Skagit bridge. Here are some buns for you to enjoy. Thank you, your readers.”
UPDATE: Skagit Valley Herald editor Colette Weeks answered a few questions I had about covering the collapse:
The news department (a combined 20 people right now) filed approximately 55 hours of OT in a four-day period. That, of course, does not count people on salary.
We added two blank pages in the Friday edition to accommodate the breaking coverage.
Circulation was up 170% Friday, 86% Saturday and 20% Sunday. It would have been more Sunday, but we couldn’t increase the press run by much because of limitations regarding insert ads. So we ran out.
Our website saw an amazing one-day growth — 844%! Naturally that fell off drastically after the breaking news cycle slowed, but we continue to see a higher number of daily visits than in weeks prior, so we’re hoping we’ve captured new audience./CONTINUES Read More