Late Edition, Feb. 28
CopperDog150, Legislative Update, BHM panel...
Hello! There are a few more small changes to the format of the newsletter this week, but I think that’s more normal than otherwise at this point. I don’t think it will be anything that throws you off, my readers are pretty sharp people.
Before getting into everything else, I want to bounce an idea off of you. (I’m really looking for responses, if you have the time.)
Currently, a lot of news outlets put emphasis on their product. They have a lot of it, or publish frequently, or it’s the most interesting or interactive. But I think journalism is at its best when it is done as a community service.
Meaning the journalism isn’t necessarily about how many stories I can publish, or even about how thorough or in-depth they are, but about what impact it has in the community.
I like this for two reasons. First, it’s a little less transactional. When you subscribe or donate, you wouldn’t be paying for access to a website or for a newspaper, you’d be supporting journalism that has a mission to serve the community, and that journalism would be open and accessible to everyone.
Secondly, it would mean the potential inclusion of transparency projects instead of just news stories. I have a couple ideas in mind, but the end result would not be a story, but more of a database or reference. It can be hard to support projects like this if you feel your readers are only paying for articles.
Think it over and let me know how you feel about this shift in thinking.
February Panel: Black History Month
I promised my Patreon subscribers a monthly Q&A session. This month, I’m working with our Black History Month guest writers, Jamel, Logan and Jason (with the addition of Di’or, who performed Logan’s poem), to create a panel to discuss the topics contained in the work Late Edition published this month.
Patreon subscribers have access to a link that lets them participate in the Zoom call (tonight at 7:30 p.m.), but thanks to our partnership with Jason’s A. Narrative Media, everyone has access to his Facebook Live stream of the event, and can interact via the chat.
Here’s a link, come join us!
CopperDog 150 Photography
I went and took photos of CopperDog on Saturday morning. I hiked out to where snowmobile trail #3 met the race route, and I think I got some pretty great photos.
I don’t have time to get them all cleaned up and uploaded before tonight’s email goes out, but I’ll be sharing them out to social media this week.
Michigan Legislation in February
I like to try to keep everyone updated about what’s happening in Lansing beyond the back-and-forth speeches and press events.
This “round-up” is not exhaustive, but it focuses on what the local state-level politicians have been doing, and a couple of other major moves.
I’m also excited to be able to embed the actual proposed legislation over at LateEdition.live. It looks like this:
And it lets you scroll through the whole bill.
These bills are already publicly accessible, but being able to put them right in a website like this makes it much easier for people to look them over.
Houghton City Council and Lakeshore Development
I have not had the chance to dig into this issue at all. And if you don’t know what issue I’m talking about, it’s this one.
While it didn’t cover everything involved in the topic, I think Garrett Neese’s story did a fair job covering the meeting this week. I’m interested in doing a story on this, but for now I’m just going to share my recording of the meeting, with the automatically-generated (and flawed) transcript from Otter.ai.
Click here for the recording (The meeting starts about 9 minutes in)
I also attempted to record video of the meeting, unfortunately my computer ran out of memory. Until I can upgrade, video will only be an option for short meetings.
I’m quite happy to present an article submitted from Ontonagon, too.
Ontonagon Village Council fills two seats
Submitted by Bruce H. Johanson
The Ontonagon Village Council met on Feb. 22 and the headline of the meeting was to fill two vacancies on the council. It is a story unto itself how the vacancies occurred. Prior to the November 2020 election, Trustee Michael G. Mogan announced plans to leave the community and resigned his seat as of the end of the year. This left…
I’m trying to break the Aggregated News section up into some more topical categories.
This story, aside from highlighting a terrible injustice, also puts a spotlight on how government transparency regularly gets undermined, and why the vigilance of citizens and journalists is so important.
If you missed my talk with the Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition, reading this article is a good way of making up for it. Newspapers continue to be bought up by bigger and bigger conglomerations, and it doesn’t help the quality of local journalism.
This is a great explanation of the theory behind why, and how, I would try to make a living by giving away my work. I need and appreciate reader’s financial support, but not every single one of you has to do that. This is something I accept.
I’ve written about the attention economy before, and I’m far from alone. Your attention is incredibly valuable right now. Where are you spending it?
Hey, that’s neat
Want to learn about NASA the way the president does? The good folks at Government Attic have shared the NASA Presidential Transition Binder, take a look!
If you liked my shipwreck story last week, check out these interactive 3D models of shipwrecks on 3Dshipwrecks.org. Here’s a short clip from one of their 30+ models:
Aggregated News - Endorsed, not sponsored
These are articles (and a couple podcasts) I’ve found that I thought should be shared. None of the work is my own, but it comes from colleagues and organizations that I find generally trustworthy, or am personally a member of.
Click on the headline to be taken to the story.
Politicians play tug of war with the future of school funding, unemployment, and other COVID-19 relief funds sent from the federal government.
Trump may no longer be a president, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t a leader, and his followers are taking his strategy local.
When Michigan faced a shortage of health workers even previous the COVID-19 pandemic, this doesn’t seem like the time to cut their pay.
This is hardly a new strategy, but with a lack of reporters to fact check and call them out on falsehoods, politicians have gotten bolder with their lies.
Just because Biden would rather make friends internationally rather than enemies, doesn’t mean he doesn’t recognize the risks in globalism.
That’s all for now! As always, thanks for reading. I appreciate your time.