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Citizen Journalist Looking for Like Minded Citizens

by Bobby Blair
October 14, 2018

In the summer of 2005, Mary Greendale called me to say she was starting up something new called an electronic newspaper with content all about Holliston. Would I be interested in writing a weekly article about what is coming in from local farm stands in the way of produce? Why me, I asked Greendale, I don't know how to write and I was barely computer literate. Greendale stated, well you have a big garden, don't you. I joined my new colleagues in July, Ann Adams, Bill Tobin, Katie Connors, & Susan Woodrow as we set about to bring our once a week electronic newspaper to the world. I was deathly afraid to attend our weekly meeting as our editor Ann Talbot, a retired HHS English teacher, would critique our work especially my spelling. Several years later, HollistonNetNews.com would pass hands to Tom Murphy who would soon move out of state and the HollistonReporter.com was born in May of 2008.

Myself, Tobin, Talbot and Paul Saulnier decided we would like our new hyperlocal online newspaper to be a daily. Without a true business plan, we set about doing the only thing we truly knew --- bringing you, our readers, local happenings. On a shoestring budget and lots of work our little publication somehow took. Our pay wouldn't purchase a daily cup of coffee and if you asked any of us why we continued I'm sure the same answer would be echoed in the love of wrting and community service. With the untimely deaths of both Ann Talbot & Bill Tobin, the future of the HollistonReporter.com was in doubt. With the recent announcement by our publisher Paul Saulnier that he was sliding into semi-retirement, this writer finds himself as the last man standing. I can't do it alone, and I'm looking for like minded citizen journalists. Mary Greendale has come full circle and opted to help with this task and Saulnier has agreed to continue his humorous police log, but more community spirited writers are needed.

You need not have authored a best seller to hop on board. The pay isn't great but community interaction will last a lifetime. Contact me Bobby Blair, HR Publisher at Mudvillemayor@gmail.com to put your creative talent to use.

 

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- Doreen | 10/14/18 6:20 PM

I would be at a total loss without the Holliston Reporter. It is important that someone with a love for the town help out. so an old lady can enjoy her morning coffee.

- Jean Morrissey | 10/14/18 12:58 PM

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