The county’s blogs continue to redefine the media landscape here, with original reporting, “scoops,” commentary and multimedia.
The county-wide political races now underway provide an ideal case in point. Candidates including Sue Horne, Rolf Kleinhans and Gregory Diaz are linking to the questions posted on this blog on their Facebook pages and election websites. Examples are here (see posts 4-6 down the page), here, here and here.
In addition, the candidates are linking to a video produced by local blogger Anna Haynes (whose site is NCFocus) at the recent candidate’s forum. Anna also created NCVoices, a news and commentary aggregation website for our county.
Anna’s video was well received, because KNCO’s sound quality was so poor in some segments that it could not be archived. “Accesors [sic] Office Candidates were eliminated due to poor audio. Our apologies to those candidates,” KNCO’s website reads.
The front-page story in The Union on Tuesday on pay cuts at the Rood Center was reported on this blog back on April 2. The controversy swirling around the Del Oro mural addition, also in Tuesday’s edition of The Union, also was reported here first.
In addition, locals and out-of-towners people ranging from Will Hearst (whose grandfather was William Randolph Hearst) to Tom Dalldorf (who publishes a respected trade publication) all are commenting — and signing their names.
Some other examples:
•The blog “Sierra Voices” by resident Don Pelton was instrumental in providing original reporting on the proposal to outsource management of the library system, as I reported previously. The “grassroots” objections helped kill the proposal.
•Our community also received up-to-the-minute reports from the popular “tech-geek” show “South by Southwest” (SXSW) in Austin on Jesse Lock’s Facebook page.
•The blog “weather guru” provides detailed updates on our local weather via posts and “tweets.” The site includes a live local weather station and webcam.
All told, the blogs are helping to reshape a decades-old media monopoly held by The Union and KNCO in our small media market. Over the years, yubanet.com and a new newspaper, the Nevada City Advocate, have entered the market too. KVMR remains a stalwart of “citizen journalism,” with its corp of resident volunteers who help provide programming.
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