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Barbara Lombardo of Saratoga Springs, NY, is a journalism adjunct at University at Albany and retired executive editor of The Saratogian, The Record and the Community News. Follow her on Twitter @Barb_Lombardo.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Wanted: Saratoga area bloggers who care about the community

Do you have an interest in improving the community – and are you willing and able to dedicate your time to writing about issues important to area residents?
We are creating a Community Media Lab, an informal partnership between you and The Saratogian. Think of it as a stable of thoughtful residents with varied interests who will become regular bloggers on The Saratogian website.
We’ll provide training and feedback on blogging and some of the basics of reporting and writing. We’ll also invite you into the newsroom, to get to know our staff, to learn how decisions are made about news coverage and presentation – and to give you opportunities to participate in that discussion and to bring ideas to the table.
This is, after all, your community and your newspaper.
The Community Media Labs are also being established at other newspapers owned by the Journal Register Company. The company recognizes that we’re in a digital-first world and that the people to turn to for ideas, opinions and news about local issues are the people affected by them. We’ll also have access through JRC to talented people who can help everyone hone their blogging skills, including yours truly.
If you’re interested, send me an e-mail at with you name, contact information, areas of interest, whether you’re already blogging, and any questions you have. I look forward to hearing from you.


Blogger The Zen Birdfeeder said...

Good idea Barbara. I enjoy having my blog on The Saratogian.
One suggestion: since your blogroll is getting quite long, you might want to categorize the blogs so readers don't have to scroll down so far to see them all.
Also, could your webmaster keep profile pictures updated? I'd really appreciate that since my profile pix on your page is now 3-years old!
Thanks much.

October 26, 2010 at 9:02 AM 

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