MetroJacksonville.com received national attention this weekend as a result of being featured by Fox News contributor Alan Colmes. Colmes, the nationally syndicated talk show host and radio personality used Metro Jacksonville as an example of the future of journalism and endorsed the work of the website. Check out what Colmes had to say...
With newspapers folding and many denizens in the old media not understanding the new media, the young entrepreneurs at metrojacksonville.com are on the edge of the curve. Locals, including officials, cant wait to post there, knowing their messages will be read by an engaged citizenry. They are using the web the way it is meant to be used, incorporating a level of interactivity that most newspapers havent grabbed onto.
Among the issues that are paramount here is public transportation and sustainable and dynamic urban design towards a better life quality, energy efficiency and lower taxes. They explore issues such as problems commuters have in second-tier cities and how the bus system can improve to meet the need as more of us want to go green. They have been leaders in exploring how Amtrak can help us move toward sustainability by increasing its presence in key communities.
Hyper-local content is a burgeoning trend and were going to see more of it., And with its clean design and easy-to-navigate interface, what is happening at metrojacksonville.com can be a blueprint for how the web can be maximized for the greater good.
One of the things that makes Metro Jacksonville great is the active intelligent participation of so many engaged people in this community. Colmes' praise is directed primarily at the interaction that we all participate in--both the editors and the readers. Thanks to Alan for the recognition for what all of the posters and writers of this site have created!
From Alan's bio on FoxNews.com:
Alan Colmes joined FOX News Channel in 1996. He served as the liberal counterpart and co-host of "Hannity & Colmes," a one-hour debate-driven talk show focusing on controversial newsmakers and issues of the day.
After a string of successful radio shows on WNBC, WABC and WMCA in New York, Colmes gained a reputation as a hard-hitting liberal known for his electric commentary on the American agenda. He has interviewed many key political figures, which include Former President Bill Clinton, Vice President Al Gore, Reverend Jesse Jackson, Steve Forbes, New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, Ralph Nader and Ken Starr.
Colmes hosted his own self-titled late night radio talk show on WEVD-AM. After penetrating the Boston market with a hit radio show on WZLX, Colmes went from major market success to national talk radio prominence in 1990 with his fast-paced and informative afternoon news-driven show, which aired daily on hundreds of affiliates nationwide. Most recently, he returned to radio as host of a news-driven late-night talk show "The Alan Colmes Show," which is syndicated by the FOX News Channel.