“The Local” was launched on Monday March 2, 2009.
On Friday March 6, 2009 the New York Times hosted a community forum on the launching of their News blog in Maplewood NJ. Residents were treated to desert and drinks. Tina Kelley addressed residents about her plans for developing the site. She invited submissions from community members explaining the procedures for submission. In addition Tina introduced community bloggers who will be featured on “The Local” to residents in attendance. Prizes were given to the best submitted captions for an online contest on www.nytimes.com/maplewood site.
New York Times staff members working on the project explained the intent of the News conglomerate in creating a community blogging presence in Maplewood. Interns were in attendance as well.
I was in attendance. I introduced myself as a featured blogger. Tina encouraged me to distribute forclosure and eviction literature at the event. I created a small packet that also included the link for compiled scholarship listings on perfectlyplanned.wordpress.com and distributed the information to those in attendance.
Find pictures below of the event.
© 2010 W. S. Hughes