It’s not an option for every news site, but we do admire the way NJ Spotlight handles the end of summer. Every year, the entire staff takes off the last two weeks of August. While the news cycle limps toward September and a new season, Spotlight effectively hangs up a “Gone Fishing” sign — and sets the timer with some pre-packaged evergreen content. For Spotlight, which focuses on smart, in-depth reporting of Trenton rather than spot news, it makes perfect sense.
This is the fourth year they’ve sent everyone off on vacation in August, and this time they’re leaving their readers with books excerpts with a Jersey connection, like Jonathan Schuppe’s “A Chance to Win,” the inspiring story of a Little League team in Newark, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel “Americanah,” set partially in Princeton and Trenton.
John Mooney writes:
As for the books, it was another option to allow us to break while also keeping the site worth coming back to every day. And with fewer and fewer legacy media promoting books any more, yet another void for NJ Spotlight to try to fill. (Our readers seem to appreciate the break from the news, too.)
As for missing any news stories, none that can’t wait a week or two. If something big happened, we could come back early, and I think we did when Christie fired his education commissioner. But it would take that kind of event.
Fall will be here soon enough, so get thee to a hammock, open up your iPad to NJ Spotlight and take the time for a long read. Don’t worry. If there’s news, it’ll find you.