The Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service didn’t lie when it implied that it advocated for the community. For those who have no idea what I’m talking about, this source is a website dedicated to news within Milwaukee. Editor Sharon McGowan discussed a little more about the site Wednesday. At the end of class our professor gave us the task of studying it. This may be the first blog post I write for this class that makes me look like a positive person.
Now, I’m one of those people who don’t watch or read the news a lot because stations and publishers offer nothing but negative crap. This news source is different because it represents itself as a positive media sensation. I heard of how this page portrayed our community long before the editor set foot into our class. The purpose of its creation moved me so much that I temporarily worked with the objective source. Oh: did I forget to mention that? Pause.
It’s true: I got involved with the project. The mix of multimedia and creating awareness about social justice issues fascinated me. I remember one article on the Milwaukee Public Theatre that I helped contribute toward. I admired its commitment toward stopping ableism by giving people with disabilities a chance at performing in front of audiences as actors, artists and musicians. And I gapped at how posts went up about programs such as TeamUp College Access Center (the author of the article is pretty cool, too) that helped residents prepare for college.
The site also introduced quality photography. The carousel presented pictures of children smiling, putting readers in positive moods. Another photo exhibited Hispanic flags, stuck on motorcycles, flapping and providing a distinguished sense of place. In the newsroom, people go out of their way in making sure they choose a nice image for their articles. Shoot: I'm not mad at writers for this. It helps improve Milwaukee's appearance more if you put up a nice illustration for readers. And the community could even send in their own articles for publication. Awesome.
The online media’s focus on these inspirational stories really presented Milwaukee as a positive influence: I thank the creator for thinking up of such an idea. This type of communication is an ideal model of community journalism.