I’ve been writing Circling the News since 2018. Prior to that I had worked at the Palisades News, but had stopped because I wasn’t being paid. And prior to that I had worked at the Palisadian-Post, until everyone was replaced, except the marvelous Rich Schmidt.
When Temescal Canyon Road was closed one Sunday and no one seemed to know what was going, I contacted LAPD and found out that there had been a homicide in Temescal Canyon Park. I realized then that there was no one in town, who was reporting on local news in a timely fashion.
I am trying to do that now, without advertisements. I also promise that I will never sell or share the subscription list with another vendor.
I told Bill Bruns, my good friend and a former Palisadian-Post editor (who still reads my stories), that I feel we are exploring a new method of distributing local news in a more interactive fashion.
Bill sent me a story about how a local community newspaper in Ohio has gone from print newspaper to reporting strictly on the internet.
In making the decision, the Ohio paper wrote: “The problem is that hiring reporters for traditional coverage of smaller communities is expensive, and the traditional forms of revenue don’t generate enough money to pay the salaries,” the story noted that coverage once common in small towns is gone. . .which means local governments operate largely unchecked.
In addition to paying for website expenses, your donation allows me to pay occasional freelance writers to draft stories so that a tradition of press/journalism will continue.
I would appreciate your support for Circling the News.
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