Written by Melissa Wood
Thursday, 15 November 2012
News is often hit and run. Maybe it's because I'm nosy, but often I'm left wondering what the real story is and what happened to the people after the news cycle ends. That's what I like about writing for a magazine. I can explore issues in-depth. But sometimes there's even more to it — actually, there's always more to the story when you're writing about the U.S. fishing industry. That's where this blog, Coastlines, comes in.
It gives me a chance to tell the story behind the story. When I wrote about catch shares as part of a two-part series in the magazine earlier this year, I was overwhelmed with information from both sides pushing their points of view. I decided to talk to fishermen — and just fishermen — about what they think and how their lives have been affected. That's the real story, isn't it? You can read about my approach to writing that series here. And as I hoped, the story also triggered responses from our readers who shared even more sides of this continuing story.
This blog also allows me to share what's happening behind the scenes. In our January issue, which is going to press this week, I write about a trip to Kodiak that turned into a total disaster. It was also a great experience. I'll be sharing some details that didn't make it into print when that issue is closer to coming out.
Mostly, the blog, along with the rest of our newly updated National Fisherman website, helps us expand our coverage of issues that are important to our readers. A story that is also close to my heart is the ongoing struggle of New England's groundfish industry. They are going through possibly historic (and certainly tough) times. Much is being written about this. Again, we'll be focusing on the fishermen and their communities in our coverage in the magazine and online. There's a lot to talk about.
As always, thank you for reading.
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