Hello, and welcome to the brand-new (seriously, don’t sit down, the paint is still wet) Adrian Today.
What is Adrian Today? Well, there’s not much to tell. Adrian Today is an online community news site with one focus, and one focus only: telling stories about life in and around Adrian, Michigan.
Adrian Today is born out of a handful of core principles. We’re committed to Adrian and Lenawee County. We believe that when communities come together, there’s nothing they can’t do. And we believe in the power of journalism — the power to educate, the power to right wrongs, and perhaps most of all, the power to foster an engaged and caring community.
You may have heard that journalism is dying. We don’t believe it. We believe there is a strong future for local journalism, especially if it’s born out of local entrepreneurship — and we’re aiming to prove it.
So who are we?
Well, my name is Erik Gable. I moved to Lenawee County in 2005 and to Adrian in 2008, and spent seven years at The Daily Telegram, first as news editor and then as special projects editor. Since the spring of 2012, I’ve been working in Toledo as the adviser to The Independent Collegian, the University of Toledo’s student newspaper, where I’ve had the privilege of working with some incredibly talented student journalists whose passion and dedication reminds me daily of why I chose this profession in the first place.
I’ll be joined by Renee Lapham Collins, a Tecumseh native whose journalism career began in 1986 at the Saline Reporter and Milan News, which would eventually become part of the Heritage Newspapers chain. Renee and I met when our careers overlapped at the Telegram in 2005 and 2006; she then went to work for Lenawee United Way before joining the faculty of Adrian College, where she is now an associate professor of journalism and the adviser to The College World, Adrian’s student paper.
I think Renee and I both often feel that we have the best jobs in the world. But it turns out teaching about the news doesn’t take away the itch to write it yourself — and besides, we want to show our students that there is indeed a viable future in journalism, whether you go to work for an existing newspaper or find your own path.
And down the road, hopefully the team will grow.
So that’s it in a nutshell. The first stories will be up later today. Before too long, we’ll make the website more attractive. Once we’ve started to build an audience, we’ll be lining up sponsors — connecting local businesses to consumers will be a big thing for us, because we know that locally owned businesses are one of the keys to a healthy community.
Oh, and we’re hoping to have some fun along the way.
We think this little project could turn out to be pretty cool. Thanks for joining us on the journey.