Light-up McIntosh December 15
Light-up McIntosh will begin at the Civic Center at 6:30 p.m. The event will host Santa Clause and an area choir from six local churches will sing.
10.28.06 -- Editor's Note: The McIntosh Mirror in the news
Saturday, October 28, 2006
Have your ears been burning? Because I've had a busy week and McIntosh has been the subject of quite a few of those conversations.
We had something at the Journalism school this week called "Journalism Week." During this week, a number of alumni and professionals return to the college and talk to the students. I decided that I should talk to some of these professionals about the blog. I graduate in December. I'm planning on going to grad school at UF if I'm accepted and continuing the blog so I could study community journalism.
I've been wondering what to do with the blog for awhile now. Since the town has moved from one stage where protest seemed to be the theme, on to the next stage where we still want to be informed, as a community, but a few people want some healing time from the conflict of the last few months. I DO think about those things and how to reflect them in the blog. After a meeting during the search for a new town clerk, one of the council members asked me if I would just not cover something if it was for the good of the town. That's a tricky question. My answer to him, and I stand by it today, is that I think having open access to a government is always in the town's best interest, for the good the town.
But I still needed to know what to do with the blog. Do I expand it? How do I make it better? Should I have advertising? Should a blog like this make money? Is it OK? Am I approaching journalism within a blog site the "right" way? In regards to my own future career, can I use this to help me get a job? Or should I be out there reporting and writing for clips in other papers?
Well, it turns out these are pretty hard questions, and I am not the only one asking them. But I am one of only a few. It seems that what we have here -- in this blog -- is citizen journalism. It has a name. Who knew? What we've been doing here is also not all that common, and it's a pretty special endeavor. I say we because you, as readers, residents, commenters, are part of "this blog."
I've been talking with a faculty member over at UF, Mindy McAdams. She e-mailed me after she heard about the blog and asked to talk to me. An expert in the area of online media and journalism, she keeps a blog of her own and featured McIntosh and this blog in her site this week.
Teaching Online Journalim reviews McIntosh Mirror [sic]
Up next: The Town Council will meet Monday evening for the final interviews in the search for the new McIntosh Town clerk.
posted by Cher @ 1:48 PM,
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I'm Cher From McIntosh, FL I'm a graduate student at the University of Florida working on a master's degree in Mass Communication. While I was finishing my undergrad degree in journalism last year, I reported on McIntosh, Fla. for an in-depth reporting class. I figured that the reporting and the public record files should go somewhere people can access them. Reporters don't report to keep the information they find to themselves. Some of that reporting is included here in a forum that allows response. McIntosh suffers because with no news coverage, the local government and the rumor mill have too much potential to run rampant over residents. I moved to McIntosh in the fall of 1999. My profile
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The primary purpose of this blog is to accurately reflect what happens in town public meetings and dispel rumors. I record the meetings and make them available for download. One of the goals of this blog is to offer residents a place to voice opinions. The comments, views and opinions expressed there are not necessarily those of the editor.