My New Year's Resolution

By: Roger Sheppard
By: Roger Sheppard

To do more of this!

I'm not big on New Year's resolutions. Particularly ones that you share with other people who will know when you've broken them!

But I'm making one this year that I hope by sharing with you, I will be forced to keep.

My resolution: to resume doing weekly editorials...or at least doing them more regularly.

Over the past year or so, I've gotten away from doing these. I've done some blogging on wtap-dot-com which is much easier and can be done from the leisure of my home, if the mood strikes me.

But also over the past year, I've run into lots of people who either enjoyed my editorials on TV or were kind enough to lie and say that they did.

Why do editorials at all?

The main reason is that newscasts should do more than just deliver news, weather and sports. They should give time to thornier issues that take more than a quick soundbite or a minute-thirty package to explore.

Also, local editorials add to the sense of community that newspapers and TV stations ought to encourage.

So, on most Saturdays in 2010, when we have a 6pm newscast, I hope to add a few comments at the end. If our 6pm newscast gets pre-empted by Sports, look for these editorials on our Sunday night newscasts.

Some of them you may like. Some of them you may not like. Others you may choose to yawn at.

It will also be our intent to post them in either a written manner, or visual, or both on so if you really want to dig in and tell me how wrong I was or how much you disagree with me, you can review the exact words and take me to task quite precisely.

And I would like to hear your comments, suggestions, arguments or whatever you might like to share.

No more is TV just a one-way form of communication. We want it to engage you and give you an opportunity to be a part of the process.

So here's to 2010. What's your resolution?  Drop me a note at I'll try to help you keep yours, if you'll help me keep mine!


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