I’m a quote collector and also a messy worker so although I jotted this down months ago, it caught my eye again this morning. Now that I’m five(!) months in, I’m more confident in saying this is true: Journalism – as in do the research / hit the pavement / make the phone calls / approach the strangers – is a service, especially in a small town like ours. I put pretty much everything into what I do, and what I’m hearing from subscribers is that it matters. They’ve read stories not covered by the local paper, from overnight vandalism, to analysis on how much our municipal officials and politicians make and spend. They’re important stories, because my subscribers tell me so. I answer to them.
The Phoenix is a local news, ad-free website you can access for $4 a month, and your first month is free – a small cost for quality, local ORIGINAL journalism. Because I’m online only and subscriber – based, I have all sorts of advantages, from no press deadline to having the freedom to write what I want, because I’m not getting advertising revenue from local businesses or the municipality. I don’t rewrite press releases and run content from other towns. I serve my subscribers by digging into local issues, writing free business profiles, and spending the weekend going over the numbers in council agendas (and staying up late so I can file my stories right after the meeting). Most of all, I listen to locals. That’s why I’m here. If this speaks to you, please give me a try!