Let Them Eat Meat

If you see any of us, the YES! Weekly staff, out and about in the streets this coming week and you notice we are perspiring at what seems to be an unhealthy rate, know that we are merely suffering withdrawals from consuming entirely too much hamburger in the past two weeks.

And this hamburger hangover is well worth it.

It’s not everyday that we get to go out on assignment to consume hamburgers covered in bacon, pepper jack, avocado, chili, chorizo, cheddar, lettuce, tomato, onions, chili or whatever new ingredient any one of the Triad chefs are preparing on a new burger, but we sure do love it.

There’s a great sense of camaraderie when the whole team works together on a cover story, and with that, a great sense of pride for all of us when we see the communal byline finished product on the stands knowing we were all able to contribute.

It’s issues like these that remind me why I enjoy working in newspapers so much. The final product relies on so many working parts that it would be impossible – nay, not impossible, but incredibly difficult – to produce without all of those parts working together.

As you may know, or have noticed, YES! Weekly has gone through a lot of changes in the past year or so, and all them have been great. We’ve expanded our writing pool to cover a lot more beats than we ever have; our photographers are roaming all over the Triad covering events through storytelling imagery; and we’re having trouble keeping certain businesses and newspaper boxes stocked with our publication (we like that).

But what exactly does this mean? I’ll tell you what it means, because it is with much pride that I am able to write all of this.

It means the stories we are writing are directly impacting our community. It means those countless hours Jeff Sykes spends in city meetings, or sorting through mounds of public records, is not lost, but rather gets communicated to the public through our media outlets, and your comments on our website and Facebook show that you care.

It means that all the emails and correspondences that Ben Holder rifles through on a weekly basis are getting to see the light of day, just as they were meant to thanks to a little something called the “Freedom of Information Act.”

It means that if you make a fashion faux pas, or a new designer comes to town, Megan Young will be the first person to report on it and you’ll be the first to know.

It means that when a restaurant opens, or is undergoing changes, Kristi Maier is already digesting the latest addition to the Triad’s menu offerings.

It means that you can’t go see a movie that hasn’t been reviewed, in-depth, by Mark Burger, and with that, you can’t really talk about film in this town without bringing him up. Seriously, he’s everywhere a projector is blasting a film on a screen.

It means that if a record shop has an event, or a new musician is making waves in the local circuit, we’re making sure you know about where to see them perform and when.

And we’ve even got horoscopes in the back.

It’s a new level of excitement each week growing as a newspaper while we watch the cities around us move forward on projects.

The amount of feedback we’ve received from writers interested in earning bylines in YES! Weekly is humbling, to say the least. We get used to the hustle and bustle of everyday life at the office, but to know that there are dozens of writers locally, and handfuls from outside the region, who want to be featured in this publication validates us in knowing we are the best source for news in the area.

One thing we are not, though, is a daily newspaper. And to even try and compete with those publications would be futile. They operate differently and serve the community in a different way.

Our goal is provide you with stories that directly impact the local community as a whole. This is why we think it’s a big deal when those involved in human trafficking get busted and are brought to justice.

This is why we believe when a group of guys puts on an event unprecedented in Greensboro that it deserves as much of a spotlight as a story on a corrupt police officer.

Too many local publications focus on the negative. They build mountains out of molehills that, for the most part, can often be summated in Facebook status updates.

One thing we don’t do is make a story out of something that is not there. That doesn’t serve the community at all. In fact, it damages it. It feeds the machine of propaganda, which leads to a fearbased society… it’s happening all over the country. We can’t shield you from that, but we can deliver stories of real humans that you see next to you at the grocery who struggle with the same things you do and who find success through alternative pathways.

I’m not going to sit here and say that our hamburger issue is breaking news, but we all have to eat. We hit as many spots as we could with varying price points because you need to know where to go when you have a hankering for ground beef.

But beyond the enjoyment we received from eating these, it means way more when you call us up, or email us, or tweet us, or text us about places that we may have missed, or places you agree with.

Here’s to hoping you get out and hit some of these burger spots, and if you can’t, just remember that you don’t have to put bacon on anything to make it better, but you still need the meat in order to get your fill. We’ve packed a lot of meat in here this week, so we trust you’ll be full before our next issue drops. !