On forgiveness versus permission

Years ago, a lifelong friend and I had matching t-shirts bearing the word “No.” Both of us joked that we […]

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Years ago, a lifelong friend and I had matching t-shirts bearing the word “No.” Both of us joked that we all too often got commandeered or volunteered for duties.

My personal favorite from years ago was minding my own business at a church meeting and having someone announce that “the church women will bake cookies” for an event. The problem was that our women’s group had not been told of this before said announcement. Worse, we had our own cookie sale fundraiser the day after the event, and we were focused on that.

The church women had not been asked if we were so inclined to grab our aprons and hot mitts, and whip out a batch of treats. While we are excellent bakers, that wasn’t the point.

I did not comment about stereotypes. (Some of the men at my church bake very well.) I did pull the person aside and remind her that in the future, we’d like to not have things sprung on us.

And that it how it goes sometimes at Access Press. Those of us who live with disabilities all too often have things drone to us and for us instead of with us, and without our consent.

It’s a double whammy for me as an editor. I tend to under-promise and over-deliver, which is why I never tell people that it’s a 100 percent certainty that an article will get into the paper. We do have breaking news, and late ads to accommodate, and something copy has to be pulled and replaced. It doesn’t happen often with a paper of our size but it does happen.

And then there are the occasional situations where someone unbeknownst to me, other staff and contractors, and our board has promised we will do something. Not too long ago, someone called to tell me that a grant application was under review and that Access Press was part of the communications strategy. I knew nothing about this. Neither did anyone else here. The party did not get the grant.

So today’s point is this: Whether you’re planning an ad campaign, have an article to discuss or have a grant application on your desk, talk to us. Talk to me if you’re not sure what to do and I am glad to point you in the right direction. We can meet your ad and marketing needs, we can tell what is an ad and what is news, and we can tell you how to submit an article.

We can work with you on a grant application if a communications piece in needed. That is something I’d steer to our board.

We had a staff and board meeting today and my key point was, there’s not a bad question. There’s just less-than-good surprises.

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