Contribute

Let’s face it, I won’t be able to continue independently producing all the content on this site forever. It’s a fun hobby, and I am kind of very addicted to WordPress. Despite that, I’m going to need a little help to keep things up over the long term. Not a lot of help, but just a bit.

I would like one fellow reporter in each of the four regions for which I do roundups—Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland, the Southern Interior, and the Northern Interior—to assume the responsibility of regularly monitoring the papers in their regions for stories they deem interesting, noteworthy and well-written. No writing is required: just visit each site once a week to see what deserves mentioning, then forward the links to me. (In addition to helping me out, you’re liable to learn a lot about your region and maybe get some ideas for  your own day-to-day duties.) All you do is bookmark each site (I have a list) and then visit each one and look for interesting good photos, headlines, or ledes.

Also, it would be great to see Alberta roundups on this blog, but the only way those are going to get done is if somebody else does all the work. Do you live in Alberta? If so, e-mail me.

I’ll do the writing, unless you want to (I’m sure-the-hell not going to say ‘No’). I’m guessing just monitoring the sites will take 20/25 minutes a week. Not a lot, but if you’re just one guy—i.e. Me—then it adds up, especially if you’re doing the writing too.

I’ve had some great responses to this blog and plan on continuing to post for the foreseeable future. But at some point I’m going to run out of steam unless I get a couple hands shoving me along.

If you’re interested, e-mail me at bclocalreporter ( AT ) gmail (dot) com. I may even tell you my name. If you’re not, you can still send any community newspaper-related news, stories about journalists in our midst, or demon-eyed rants to that same address.

  1. Not me
    February 23, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    Take a look at the Nanaimo Daily News’s strange new gossip column story format..

    http://www2.canada.com/nanaimodailynews/news/story.html?id=ddea6859-ad23-4762-ba34-3f31b766fc71

    Sample Gem Of Journalism(TM): “Nanaimo teachers have not one, but two professional development days this week, giving children a tidy four-day weekend. We hear some teachers don’t always attend all of the Pro-D Day sessions. Are some signing in but not staying? … ”

    Check out the link soon… The staff may become embarrassed and remove it soon.

  2. May 31, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    Still not sure how I can post a story? Do I just add the link here?

    • May 31, 2012 at 11:19 pm

      Nobody ever asks that! If you want to do more than just post a comment, email me with your post (to bclocalreporter@gmail.com) and I’ll post it as a guest post, provided it’s not (too) defamatory. Any other Qs gimme a shout. I’m a tad busy so replies may be delayed.

    • May 31, 2012 at 11:20 pm

      Or, If you want to alert me to a story, the best thing to do is email me.

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