A note from the editor

The Current's staff
Nevada Current staff. Front: Michael Lyle, April Corbin, Dana Gentry. Back: Hugh Jackson, Jeniffer Solis.

Several weeks ago when I first publicly, if softly, announced on Twitter that a new online news site was coming to Nevada, one of the most common responses was along the lines of “good, the more news the better” – especially from longtime Nevada journalists:

The more the better. That at bottom is what this is about. More reporting, more news, to promote the public good.

The decline of local news nationwide is not, well, news. Thousands of journalism jobs have been eliminated from local papers all over the U.S. Here in Nevada, for instance, layoffs and downsizing have sadly rendered the Las Vegas Sun a shell of the newspaper that won a Pulitzer a dozen years ago.

Meantime, the Las Vegas Review-Journal was arguably the most right-wing metropolitan daily newspaper in the nation well before it was purchased by Sheldon Adelson. But it did have many hard-working journalists with a wealth of Nevada institutional memory. Most of the best of those either left or were forced out following the paper’s purchase by the resort industry tycoon, who also happens to be the solar system’s largest donor to the Republican Party. It is true that the R-J has replaced departed staff with new reporters. Some of them are quite good, which, for them, makes it all the more unfortunate that Adelson’s interests, both financial and political, have a habit of making their way into his paper.

And every television station in the state is owned by a giant national media company, a reflection of an industry that has become dangerously concentrated in just a few corporate hands.

Still, for all that, there are many fine journalists across Nevada, in print, on television and online, the latter in particular since last year’s launch of The Nevada Independent. We’re not trying to supplant or replace those journalists in other media. We’re joining them, to help inform Nevadans about issues and policies that matter. Because democracy, representative government and the rule of law can be fragile in the best of conditions. In a climate where they are under direct threat from a president who openly talks about pardoning himself… the more news the better.

When politicians and some media enablers, nationally and here in Nevada, neglect or ignore urgent problems, preferring to level outlandish charges and concoct deliberate distractions, their disregard for facts matched only by their hostility to truth… the more news the better.

When powerful interests dictate public policies that redistribute wealth upward at the expense of everyone else, including and especially women and minorities… the more news the better.

So that’s what we’re going to do. Report some news.

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You can learn more about the Current’s reporters on our About page, and of course you’ll become more familiar with them over time – that is, if you’re not already. Each of them has spent all or most of their lives in Nevada. (I’m the carpetbagger; I’ve only been here 21 years.) The five of us combined have been covering Nevada in print, on television or online for more than seven decades.

I will be writing a lot of commentary on this site, and it will always be labeled as such. Reporters will not be writing commentary. The Current’s reporters will do what they’ve been trained to do, and what they’ve done throughout their careers prior to joining the Current: strive to report on important issues accurately.

That doesn’t mean we won’t make mistakes. When we do, we’ll correct them.

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Finally, the Current, like all media outlets, really, is a work in progress. We’ll be continuously tinkering and refining. In time we plan to add more features to the site, including audio and video. In the meantime, well, this is our first day. There might be glitches! If you notice any, don’t hesitate to contact us and let us know.

Hugh Jackson
Editor | Hugh Jackson has been writing about Nevada policy and politics for more than 20 years. He was editor of the Las Vegas Business Press, senior editor at the Las Vegas CityLife weekly newspaper, daily political commentator on the Las Vegas NBC affiliate, and wrote the then-groundbreaking Las Vegas Gleaner, which among other things was the only independent political blog from Nevada that was credentialed at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. He spent a few years as a senior energy and environmental policy analyst for Public Citizen, and has occasionally worked as a consultant on mining, taxation, education and other issues for Nevada labor and public interest organizations. His freelance work has been published in outlets ranging from the Guardian to Desert Companion to In These Times to the Oil & Gas Journal. For several years he also taught U.S. History courses at UNLV. Prior to moving to Las Vegas, he was a reporter and then assistant managing editor at the Casper Star-Tribune, Wyoming’s largest newspaper.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Congratulations to Current and its staff of dedicated and proven hard working journalist. Look forward to reading the Current each day.
    And a note to the Sheriff Joe Lombardo, take another look at the team at Current and you come away with the decision that Current is not a journalistic enterprise, then “we need to talk!”

  2. Congratulations to Current and its staff of dedicated and proven hard working journalits. Look forward to reading the Current each day.
    And a note to the Sheriff Joe Lombardo, take another look at the team at Current and if you come away with the decision that Current is not a journalistic enterprise, then “we need to talk!”

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