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A Newspaper for a Rural Ohio County

 
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I have just founded a newspaper, The People's Voice of Scioto County. My printing equipment is incoming on a truck and my press credential is coming in the mail. I got the printing equipment for a song (80 bucks) after talking to a friend who was in the business since the 80s. He was a journalist in Kentucky and an editor in New York City. He gave me loads of information about how it works and told me where to get the equipment.

I'm interested in writers for a regular monthly gardening column, as well as for a regular monthly farming column. My farm is too small to inform me of all there is to it. Besides, I'm the editor, interviewer, and printer already. I can't do it all. Being close by is a plus. Be in mind, our growing conditions are very wet, formerly zone 6b. The OSU extension office has noted a shift in climate to be warmer than that so it's more like zone 7 now.

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I can't pay until I'm no longer bankrolling the printing out of my own account. But after that we can negotiate. I do intend to pay the writers and for printing from ad revenue, I just don't have any yet. People who submit articles will go in my contact book and I will get ahold of them in the future if there is an article we need and can pay for.

This is not a business, it's a public service. My county is poor as hell. 80% can't afford to buy a paper. So it is free to get one. There are 2 newspapers available, one local that never has useful information for the reader, and one from Columbus that has nothing to do with what's going on here. As the media for the nation is now in the hands of a very few companies with their own interests, we have no choice but to create a platform for our own voices. No paper or news source available in the region cares about our lives or problems. No mass media company is going to interview local people about local issues. So we have to do it. There is no pillar of smoke by day or fire by night to lead us out of this wilderness, we just have to start walking and find our own way. The name of the paper is the People's Voice for a reason, we will feature articles by and about the people living here. We will also have articles by people from outside the area when the topic demands it. I plan to interview people from all walks of life: first responders, farmers, homeless folks, teachers, doctors, pipe fitters, librarians, ministers, retired folks, steel mill workers, barge pilots, carpenters, mechanics, immigrants, school kids, and anybody else that has something to say that everybody needs to hear. What I will not feature is any sort of hateful speech. The paper exists to give us a voice and unite us as a community. It is not to divide us.

This paper will come out weekly, on Mondays most likely. My planned points of distribution are the Library and places where folks are already going to be. I don't want people to have to go out of their way to get one. I'll drop them off when I go into town on errands. The paper will have 2 pages printed on both sides to start.

Note, I'm still doing the other projects, but this was too important to wait. I already write prolifically, why not put that to use I figure.
 
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Sounds exciting, and an honourable venture. Out of curiosity: Do you already have a plan for the look/design of the newspaper?
 
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S. Bard wrote:Sounds exciting, and an honourable venture. Out of curiosity: Do you already have a plan for the look/design of the newspaper?



Well, I have a header. I'm still trying to decide between lateral or vertical columns. This printing equipment is iffy for pictures, so monochrome drawings and vague photos is the limit as far as I know. The print sample was very legible, and that's mostly what I need. I have to cram as much content as is reasonable into 2 duplex printed pages.

As for Columns:
Monthly - Kids' Poetry, Gardening, Farm, Fix It (instructions on repairing various things, ie sewing on a button, un-blocking a toilet, adjusting the fit of kids' clothes so that they fit now and later when they grow some, etc..)
Weekly - Recipes From the Editor, Local Opinions, What Matters to Us (a column about the things that matter to various people in the community), A Better Life (interviews about people acting on their desire for better conditions), Local Events, and Faith.

Each column has room for a half side of text and images. But images only when needed to illustrate a point. Advertisements get crammed in to the last 8th.
 
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Hey there neighbor.  Not far across the river here outside Grayson, KY.  

Sounds like a very worthy project and a sorely needed resource in this region.

While in no way a newspaperman, I have worked in news as a broadcaster and written a fair lot of copy.  I've been focusing on and health and wellness issues lately, if you would consider a column along those lines.  Additionally, I am a Kentucky Master Gardener -or will be in a month or so when my volunteer requirements are met.  Also a life-long hobby gardener.  Maybe I could contribute something along either of those tracks.  Let me know the range of word-count and topics you might be interested in and I'd be happy to submit something.

Best,

John
 
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John Skaggs wrote:Hey there neighbor.  Not far across the river here outside Grayson, KY.  

Sounds like a very worthy project and a sorely needed resource in this region.

While in no way a newspaperman, I have worked in news as a broadcaster and written a fair lot of copy.  I've been focusing on and health and wellness issues lately, if you would consider a column along those lines.  Additionally, I am a Kentucky Master Gardener -or will be in a month or so when my volunteer requirements are met.  Also a life-long hobby gardener.  Maybe I could contribute something along either of those tracks.  Let me know the range of word-count and topics you might be interested in and I'd be happy to submit something.

Best,

John



I'm trying to work out how many words I can fit. It won't matter if it is a bit above or below since the sections aren't rigid. The topics are pretty much only limited by the columns list in the post above yours. That's all we have room for Right Now.
 
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I am living traveller style up in Lucasville, back and forth to get the house finished until I get my own land, I could help once I'm settled.

I only know a few locals who are not so into reading, but I have a flea market spot once they reopen I will be meeting a loooot more. I like to write but of course won't know much about local issues or farming, gardening maybe but I could maybe help with layouts and editing and research etc. I do love to stalk real estate and a list and schedule of the current sherriffs sales in the area would have been nice.
 
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Update: flea market back up and running, I have met quite a few "permies" that would not identify as such and lots of other people who I think would love this idea. Two are local authors
 
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