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Readers rarely get political news and commentary
from Spree. On two separate occasions, we’ve
included anonymous political columns, but
eventually stopped running them when, each
time, the writers became unavailable. They were
under pseudonyms, because that strategy allows
access and reporting on information that’s
otherwise unavailable. (Many in our field object
to anonymous writing, although sometimes it
does provide essential information to the public.)
Anonymity was not the only issue, however; too
often, we worried that the information in these
columns would become less relevant or change
significantly over the weeks between submission
With the ability to use websites, social media, and other
digital means to provide content, however, it also becomes
easier for monthly magazines to manage breaking and other news. In late July, we started a weekly online column by
longtime Spree writer, artist Bruce Adams. It includes commentary on local news, arts events, and other items that
happen to catch the writer’s eye. Adams has been living and
working in Western New York for his entire career as an
artist/teacher, and has had plenty of opportunity to assess
what’s good, bad, neutral, and just plain weird about our
region. His weekly news summary is inspired by the popular Skimm series, which does this daily with national news.
Adams’s column is called Long Story Short, and, if you visit it on buffalospree.com, you’ll find that you can click on
a link to get the column delivered directly to your email
With this issue, we present the type of news coverage we
are able to do: in-depth interviews on important issues that
transcend news cycles. Mayoral elections, development,
newcomers, dining trends, and arts institutions with growing pains are all topics that tend to repeat over the decades.
The experts who spoke with our writers have plenty of interesting things to say—let us know if you agree or disagree!