Matthew Keys is the former digital editor for Comstock’s. He previously worked for Reuters in New York City, KTXL FOX40 in Sacramento, KGO-TV in San Francisco, the Winters Express, the Fairfield-Suisun Daily Republic and the digital media startup Grasswire. On LinkedIn at bit.ly/matthewkeys.
The end of the year brings an opportunity for reflection, and for newsrooms big and small that takes the form of the annual tradition of recapping the best stories over the course of 52 weeks.
In August, Visit Sacramento became the latest entrant in the podcasting craze with a six-episode series dedicated to the farm-to-fork movement that has ingrained itself into the identity of California’s capital city.
Despite competition from neighboring big-market stations, satellite radio and streaming, thousands are tuning in to Vacaville’s KUIC-FM each week. Those who work for the station say a local identity is key to their success.
Dimple Records has been a regional fixture for more than four decades. Comstock’s spent several weeks with the family behind the business to learn Dimple’s history: how it started, why they decided to walk away and what comes next.
Construction should be as simple as buying a car: A customer walks into a showroom, picks the color and options, covers the down payment and walks away with the keys. The customer doesn’t have to pay attention to the skeletal structure of the car or the varying components like air conditioning that often is a given these days.