Does it appear to you the Connecticut Post has stepped up its coverage of the state’s largest city? The Post’s inch line devotion to Bridgeport had appeared so naked in recent years you could drop a thong across its coverage. Seems lately we’re getting more than a sneak peek.
The Post is owned by the Hearst Corporation led by the mothership San Francisco Chronicle. Connecticut, however, has become a key ingredient to the Hearst Connecticut Media Group’s bottom line. It includes four daily newspapers and six weeklies throughout Fairfield County, the wealthiest region in the United States. The Greenwich Time, Stamford Advocate, Connecticut Post and Danbury News-Times creates a mighty southern Connecticut triangle of shared stories, shared front pages and shared advertising buys stamped by the Post’s print operation on State Street downtown.
It’s befuddling, the state’s largest city doesn’t have a full-time City Hall reporter. Yes, repeat, the paper covering the state’s largest city doesn’t allow a full-time City Hall reporter. (And that’s just the way pols like it.) The Post likes generalists … “so and so is a general assignment reporter.” But recently we’re seeing signs of beefed-up city coverage that had been started by Tom Baden, the editor recently transferred to supervise the News-Times operation. The regional triangle allows flexibility to move scribes in and out. Lately we’re seeing more coverage for City Hall, public safety, zoning, economic development and neighborhood stories.
While first-class scribe Ken Dixon holds down the state capitol coverage, Brian Lockhart has been a steady presence in Bridgeport since the state legislative session ended in late May. Lockhart knows how to piece together a story. Tim Loh has provided reliable insight at City Council meetings. Keila Torres Ocasio serves as the conscience of the city defending the little peeps while taking on the big guys from the platform of her multi-weekly columns. Linda Conner Lambeck does a nice job covering city education. And then there’s the insight of grizzled veterans such as Mike Mayko and John Burgeson.
Lots going on the second half of 2012. Key primaries Aug. 14 for state and federal legislative seats; September 4th special election for Board of Education seats; Steel Point redevelopment progress; City Council ordinances; November general election that includes charter revision questions.
Little OIB will do its part. Hopefully the big dog will join us in earnest.