There are certain stories that, when it’s time to publish, I wince in anticipation of the reactions I’m sure they’ll elicit. School calendar coverage is one of them. Be it snow makeup days, the number of school days in a year, or any variation thereof, it almost always turns ugly, especially on the internet.
I’ve been editor of the Times Citizen for a dozen years, and I’ve mostly learned to keep my opinions to myself. Journalists aren’t without bias — we’re human beings, after all — but we work hard to keep them out of our reporting. And if we really must share them, we confine them to the opinions page. Which brings us here.