Friday, May 21, 2010

And Now For Something Completely Different

Big Changes for the Wilmer Citizen. Is there a benefit to continuing? Are we providing a public service?

It's been a while since we last posted a story and this isn't really much of a news item at all. Some months ago I accepted an appointment to the Wilmer Economic Development Corporation. This is the body charged with spending the extra sales taxes we voted in a few years back. Thus I've been conflicted about the duties of public service and the obvious journalistic challenges that might occur as a result of receiving non-public information in the course of performing those duties. So I withdrew from publication for a while and as the laws of physics dictiate, I must now overcome inertia if I am to resume my former activities.

Fortunately, I don't see the same needs in the community that drove the inception of this august publication. While we may be an ornery bunch - and nobody wants any more taxes - it appears to most citizens that our daily interface with the city is less stressful and more consistent than a few years back when the Wilmer Citizen was conceived. Now you can visit the city web site, get all the information on meetings and hearings, budgets, press releases - although it does lack a certain editorial style and wit - the information is now openly available.

There is one area where we might be able to provide a service IF there is any community support (I'm not talking about money here folks).

Community Notices and "Member Generated Content" Here are a couple of examples I've neglected until it's too late (almost).

Click Here to View the Bike Rodeo Announcement for Saturday May 22, 2010 at 9:00AM at the Community Center.

Click Here to View the Red Cross Blood Drive Announcement for Monday May 24, 2010 from 11:00AM to 3:00PM in the Wilmer Community Center.

So here is my proposition to readers and supporters - send me stuff to publish and I'll get it out there - make it easy use email attachments and send it to If you've found an online article you want to let others know about please send the link with a brief description of the content so I only have to write a headline. Even better - send your article or link WITH a headline and synopsis (for articles) and a byline if you want one.

If you've really got some breaking news CALL ME at 213-244-7689 and we'll work on an article. That's about all I can do folks - other than redesign the interface so it's less "news oriented" and that can wait until there's something to publish from you, our faithful reading public.

Joe Aldrich


Editor Publisher said...

Let's not forget to use the comments for quips and retorts to articles we publish. It's much more interesting when we have a dialog about the events of the day.

Editor Publisher said...

And thanks to John Eggen and Alice Holloway for the user generated content!!

Josh & Jen said...

Looking forward to the user content in the upcoming future!