“In a country that has allowed so many newspapers to be owned by a few conglomerates, freedom of the press means, in itself, only that enormous influence without responsibility is conferred on a handful of people. For the heads of such organizations to justify their position by appealing to the principle of freedom of the press is offensive to intellectual honesty.”
The Kent Commission, 1981
I’ve always been a big supporter of citizen journalism.
With the mainstream media becoming increasingly concentrated into fewer and fewer hands – alternative viewpoints are difficult to comeby on issues of importance – particularly when it comes to local news coverage.
Through my media studies at the University of Windsor, I’ve studied various models as well as outcomes of citizen-led journalism projects. Sadly, many have failed because the entry costs into print media are so high in addition to the deep pockets of the media barons.
However, the internet – as you know since you are reading this blog – has facilitated the development of news portals and micro-media projects offering varying perspectives and at times, in-depth reporting absent in many of the smaller mainstream news outlets across Canada.
Having said this, I was approached a few weeks back about writing for The Windsor Square – and have agreed to do so.
Other than opinion; I hope to offer news coverage of local events – and more – in the weeks and months to follow. I’ll be writing in full force beginning in September bringing local news coverage as well as opinion you have come to expect at Sound-Off with Chris Schnurr.
I’m excited about this prospect as it will only augment the information you and I have access to in Windsor-Essex.
This blog will still operate – though its focus will shift as I will concentrate my efforts at The Windsor Square on municipal politics as well as the upcoming municipal election.
So I’ll see you at The Square – Windsor Square!