In a free society, one of the most important institutions is that of a free, unhindered press. Any society that champions the ideals of liberty, freedom, and justice must make use of the tools at their disposal to ensure the ongoing flow of ideas amongst its people. The founders of our nation understood this and included the guarantee of freedom of the press in our constitution.
A governmental guarantee of freedom of the press can only go so far, however. As with any other right, a free press must be utilized and maintained by the people in order for that right to continue to be respected. Currently, the majority of American media is in the control of a handful of corporations. Most of the talent and skill available to the American media is in the hands of these behemoth corporations. As a result, our free press has become dominated mainly by concern for profits rather than the exchange of ideas.
Independent media, which often suffers from a lack of interest and funding, tends to have its own set of hindrances and drawbacks. Lack of funding, lack of skill, and faulty execution keep many independent publications from realizing the full potential a free press offers. Many publications publish work that is high on melodramatic ranting, but low on substance. Others have good things to say, but those words get ignored because the presentation takes away from the audience’s perception of their credibility.
What is necessary for any new media outlet today is an ability to bring together the best aspects from both sides. The journalistic integrity and desire to bring truth to light that is more present in independent media needs to be combined with the skillful execution and driven marketing of corporate media. Bringing these aspects together will result in the sort of publication that is seriously lacking in today’s American media.
It is not enough, however, to merely lay out ideals and ideas such as these. In order to build this sort of publication, it is necessary to build a group of talented individuals who share the common goal of creating a publication firmly rooted in journalistic integrity that provides intellectually compelling content presented in a visually compelling design.
It is with that reason in mind that the first task in building "my" new publication is to focus on building a good staff. With my last publication, it was the site that came first, then the staff. My hope was that Dimolti would follow the “If you build it, they will come” idea. I had hoped that if I built a good site, I would be able to find a lot of people willing to join up as contributors later. As it turned out, most people liked the idea of the site, but there weren’t a whole lot of people willing to step beyond being audience members. This time, I’d rather get the staff together and work as a group to develop the entire site, from concept to launch to becoming a full-fledged media outlet. My feeling on this is that if everyone gets involved from the beginning and has a hand in building, that there will be more of a personal attachment to the project for each person involved.
That, and I won’t be so overwhelmed with doing the majority of the work myself.
If you’re interested in helping out with this, please look over the capacities in which I’d like to have people work. If you feel you would like to get in on the ground floor of creating what promises to be something great and you feel that you would make a good fit for any of these positions, please, let me know as soon as possible.
Klayton( Staffing needsCollapse )