Happy New Year! We have exciting plans for 2015, including a new website (coming soon), a new editor, Kelly Schoenfelder, and new classes. Please be patient with us, though, as it it will take us some time to get up to speed. As our Drupal web developer Steve Hanson likes to say, “That’s why God created time – so everything doesn’t all happen at once.
Scroll down to meet Kelly, read program manager Bruce Johansen’s report, and find out about our January classes.
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Jeremy Iggers, executive director
Let me introduce myself – I’m the new editor of the Daily Planet. Since earning a B.A. in journalism from the University of Minnesota, I have worked for several years in community radio, first as as a reporter-producer and program director for WTIP in Grand Marais, and more recently as a freelance reporter and radio producer based in the Twin Cities, reporting for such organizations as Northern Wilds Media, Ampers, WTIP, KFAI and several others.
I’m looking forward to meeting the Daily Planet’s readers, and I hope you’ll feel comfortable reaching out to me with your ideas, questions or concerns. That includes criticism!
More than ever, our focus will be on diversity – not just sharing the voices of under-represented communities, but also making the Daily Planet the place to go to explore and celebrate the diversity of the Twin Cities, and to make connections across the boundaries of race, class and culture. I’ll be looking for stories that introduce readers to community leaders, artists, and performers who reflect the diversity of our community, as well as stories that highlight the the points of entry into those communities – from theaters, markets and restaurants to cultural centers and houses of worship. And we’ll be actively looking for contributors – including writers, photographers and videographers – from diverse backgrounds. Realistically, with our tiny budget, we can’t break a lot of “big” stories, but the Daily Planet can become the place where people go to participate in inclusive conversations about those big stories and big issues. That said, I want to hear your ideas, too, so if you have something you think is great, by all means, get in touch! You can email me at email@example.com.