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Journal launches breaking news hotline

New number encourages community to call in with emergency news tips
By: Andrew DiLuccia, Managing Editor
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News happens at all times of the day, and as your community paper, the Journal wants to provide the best possible coverage.

But we need your help.

In an effort to increase the level of breaking news reporting, the Journal and its sister papers in Gold Country Media have implemented a new breaking news hotline, allowing community members to alert us to any urgent events they may see in their communities.

While the Journal’s staff continues to cover breaking news events on its own throughout the community, there are moments where the staff could use local input – especially after hours. This is why the toll-free number has been instituted so that community members who see news happening – i.e. a house fire, a multi-vehicle accident, a life flight chopper landing on Highway 49, etc.  – can alert us.

“We’ve always been vigilant when it comes to reporting breaking news as soon as we hear about it,” said Journal Editor Jenifer Gee. “This hotline gives us another tool to help report after-hours news to our community much sooner.”

The number is (888) 621-5974 and can be called 24 hours a day. Callers can also leave a message on the breaking news line and it will be electronically forwarded to the proper staff. You can also email in breaking news at gcmbreakingnews@gmail.com.

So keep an eye and an ear out and let the Journal know what you see, so the staff can bring you the most comprehensive news coverage in the area.

“Our goal at the Journal and our Gold Country Media sister papers is to be an accurate and timely reflection of the communities we serve,” said Journal Publisher Todd Frantz. “We hope readers use this hotline as another way to connect with their community newspaper and in turn, keep us connected with them.”

The Journal’s Andrew DiLuccia can be reached at andrewd@goldcountrymedia.com or follow him on Twitter @Andrew_AJCity.