The Utica Phoenix: Moving Into The Future
June 8th 2012 · 2 Comments
This blog will be my first introduction to longtime readers of the Phoenix. You may have noticed that our website has been down for some time. That’s all about to change in a dramatic and positive way for the region. I’ve been honored to accept the position of City Editor for The Utica Phoenix. Editor-in-Chief Cassandra Harris-Lockwood has started this paper from scratch, and gained a loyal following over the years. The paper has broken many important stories and highlighted some of the important and positive events in our area that usually go unnoticed by the corporate media.
Mrs. Lockwood has built an amazing publication over the years. But being her usual progressive self, she contacted me to work together on taking it to the next level. After going from a monthly to a weekly, the Phoenix now plans to take a step into daily news.
The print version will remain a weekly publication for now, but we’ll be putting a huge emphasis on daily news from the newly designed website. With this new media, we can implement more multimedia functions – video, interviews, shows, etc. – while also being able to give you the hard hitting news you expect, and doing it in a timely fashion.
This is an exciting time for everyone here at The Phoenix. We believe this will fill a void in the limited local news that residents of the Greater Utica Area are currently fed.
Personally, my main focus will be on city politics and government. Having been a former legislator and politically active, I believe my experience will allow me to know when to ask the tough questions and demand accountability from our representatives. On the other hand, I’ll also have the experience to know when to highlight the good works of these same officials. My goal is to be fair and partial to everyone. It will be a transition period as many of my former colleagues get used to me being on this side of the “fence.” However, I’m confident it will be a smooth and professional transition.
Anyone with story ideas or comments can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.