As a member of a local planning commission, now in my sixth year of service, I'm often disappointed by how shallow the coverage is of planning decisions. Our local newspaper accurately reports the vote and then jumps to a tirade by one irate group or another without ever addressing what we did to address the issues within the context of the law.
What have others done on behalf of their planning commissions and how well has it worked in terms of getting better coverage of planning issues?
BTW: I asked this question at this week's (9/22/04) annual meeting of the Idaho Planning Association. It was noted newspapers are more interested in selling controversy and not interested in the facts. I found this answer more common than not among professional planners. I think it is more an expression more of sarcasm than helpful. So, if anyone has any ideas I'd welcome them.
I'd especially like suggestions for how to approach the newspaper on this issue in a way that is not seen as being critical or corrective, but rather is helpful to the paper and its readers.