The best news source in Racine is the Racine Journal Times. Largely this is because of a lack of competition. Blogging can and will change the equation. At some point the leadership at the JT may understand that they no longer can maintain a monopoly on local news delivery. The Racine area would benefit greatly if the Journal Times would embrace, and even recruit, writers with a more diverse range of perspectives.
I have recently expressed interest in writing for the Journal Times, hoping to write with greater frequency, and for more money, than I have over the past two years. I believe that I could help the Journal Times become a better paper. I was rebuffed, and budget restraints were the reason given. Fair enough. But I pressed on. I was interested in knowing if the JT could ever, conceivably hire someone like me. And for those of you unfamiliar with my writing, I like to confront difficult issues straightforwardly and courageously, come what may. I have since made efforts to meet with the JT staff. Meeting one, with the opinion editor, was cordial, but he indicated that he does not hire new writers. So I made two attempts to meet with the editor who does hire new writers. The first request was apparently forgotten, the second request resulted in a proposed meeting, wherin said editor never showed up or called. I have concluded that I have received the answer that I was seeking. The Journal Times is not the least bit interested in what I have to offer.
With my options therefor limited, I have decided to blog.