We Can't Tell What We Don't Know (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz  on Monday, Jun. 10, 2013 12:00 am  

“We’d love to make a big deal; we’d love to make an announcement about it,” Holmes told me. “But this was their call to do it this way.”

We reported what we could in our midday Daily Report e-newsletter on May 21. But as of this writing, more than two weeks have passed and I still haven’t heard back from Remington’s PR team, so I have to conclude that a 207-word announcement is all Remington cares to share with the public.

Remington revealed the $32 million price tag but gave no details at all on the size of the new building or the amount of “job growth” anticipated. Remington didn’t mention the tax incentives and taxpayer cash that are part of the plan. It seems to me that the company rather than the government has tried to keep this news as low-key as possible.

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One lesson I want readers to remember: If you wonder why we — or other news organizations — haven’t reported something that clearly seems newsworthy, the most likely answer is we don’t know about it. There are limits to the manpower available, so there are stories we do know about and would like to cover but haven’t been able to move to the top of the priority list. But we can’t report what we don’t know.

Gwen Moritz is editor of Arkansas Business. Email her at GMoritz@ABPG.com.

 

 

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