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May 2, 2012
Reader finds Bee Page One news meeting 'rewarding'

scott koll up.JPGScott Koll joined Sacramento Bee editors Tuesday and Wednesday in their afternoon news meeting to discuss what stories should be on A1.

Koll's day job is a crime scene investigator for the Roseville Police Department, and he read about The Bee inviting readers to sit in on the meetings and learn more about how editors evaluate news and decide the day's top stories.

"I really felt like I was able to peek behind the curtains," Koll said Wednesday. "It was rewarding to hear editors discuss all the elements that go into a story, and then see it come together in (the next day's) paper."

Koll said reading the paper will be different for him now. For one, he said, he has a new appreciation for the "immense amount of work" that goes into putting together and packaging stories, and he'll think about some of the people he met and how seriously they take their jobs in trying to think about readers and how they might react to certain stories.

So for Thursday's paper, Koll liked a story about California streamlining regulation of the oil industry under Gov. Jerry Brown, and a story about admission trends at the University of California.

Interested in experiencing what Koll did at The Bee? You can apply to join editors for a few meetings by clicking here. If you don't see available dates, check back as we are periodically adding dates.

About The Scoop

The Scoop is a blog where the managers of talk about new initiatives and our plans for You can reach us by at the e-mail addresses below or you can comment on our postings.

Tom Negrete is managing editor of The Bee and oversees the daily work of journalists who produce news content for the newspaper and Negrete, who has been at The Bee since 1994, has served as assistant managing editor for business and sports, sports editor and assistant city editor. E-mail him at or reach him at (916) 321-1171.

Seán McMahon is The Bee's Director of Digital Media, overseeing the interactive efforts of the company. His e-mail is

Linda Gonzales is digital team leader for and has been an editor at The Bee since 1995. You can email her at

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