Ross, Tracy and I met Friday morning with Jon Tevlin, a reporter for the StarTribune. He contacted us last week, as the paper’s considering publishing a story on all the um, interesting things that have been happening at Northfield City Hall lately.
Since he’s been following the discussions here on Locally Grown, I suggested to him that we set up a private blog post/discussion thread where he could interact with interested citizens and community leaders as he works on the story. I suggested that it be private since most reporters don’t want to be scooped by the competition. He agreed, as did his Strib colleagues.
Here’s our current plan on how it’s going to work (we could change our minds):
I’ll start a new blog post, make it private, and hand out usernames and passwords to anyone who’s interested, with these qualifiers:
- you’re a local, have met me, Ross or Tracy face-to-face at least once, and we think you’d be a good addition to the conversation
- you’re not a member of a media organization that competes with the Strib
- if you’re not local, Jon knows you and approves of your participation
- you agree to not communicate (blogging, email, etc) with others about what’s being discussed
- you agree to our usual Guidelines for participation, with the understanding that the purpose of doing this is to help Jon write his article.
If and when the story gets published, we’ll make the blog discussion thread public with Jon’s and the Strib’s permission.
So if you’re interested, attach a comment here. Don’t email me asking to be included. If you’re not willing to go public with your wanting to be included, you’re probably not a candidate for participation.
And if you have suggestions on how we might better run this, please speak up!