FLORIDA TODAY Back to Nonstaff Columnists
Silly me. And I thought community journalism was dead.
Bob Stover, Executive Editor, FLORIDA TODAY (June 10, 2012):
Each week, FLORIDA TODAY publishes about two dozen informative and entertaining columns produced by Brevard County residents who are not employees of the newspaper.
These writers have a passion for and expertise in a specific subject and also possess the ability to communicate that passion and expertise through writing.
In some cases the writers are professionals writing about their fields of expertise.
We have expanded the use of these locally produced, nonstaff columns in recent years because we recognize it would be impossible for us to replicate the depth of knowledge these contributors have.
FLORIDA TODAY summarily dismissed a number of nonstaff community bloggers and columnists January 2012. The daily launched under a new business model that reportedly did not permit the inclusion of nonpaid contributors, leading me to believe that the new community columnists are compensated.
To think otherwise is to believe FLORIDA TODAY was less than truthful to all previous community contributors regarding the real reasons behind the here-one-day-gone-tomorrow slam, bam, thank you m'am (and sir), taking me back to where I came in.
Such a thought is plain silly.