“How do you measure that?” Lehr asks. “As we get away from that event now, going on a year, it’s hard to say what carryover there’s going to be with readers. I think there was appreciation of our coverage of the tornado, but readers are a changing lot. They move away and others move in, and it’s what have you done for me lately that matters. I think we’re still too close to see what it will mean for the Globe.

“I hope for greater understanding on my part,” Lehr says, “and that’s about all I can wish for.”

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Bret J. Schulte is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Arkansas. He has previously written for U.S. News & World Report, The Washington Post, and the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, among other publications.