You don’t have to be from Spokane to learn a lot about how newspaper editors decide which stories will get into the paper. To help you understand what goes on in those meetings, check out the neat primer at the newspaper’s website.
If you email or phone your pitch to the Spokesman-Review, you might earn brownie points if you mention that you’ve sat in on the meetings. The newspaper mentions at its blog that it’s monitoring how many viewers tune in.
Don’t expect a roaring great time. I’ve sat in on or conducted these types of meetings for about 20 years when I worked at 4 newspapers and, often, I had to keep from nodding off on those really slow news days.
Read PoynterOnline’s interiew with Editor Stephen Smith about why the newspaper is broadcasting the meetings.