There are some new media trends – planned micropayments,  companies threatning to stop free content online, etc. – that I will address tomorrow.  Tonight, I want to talk about news and information in West Michigan – and my hopes as I prepare to leave.

   In case you are reading this and don’t know, I am leaving WZZM in Grand Rapids in a little more than a week.  I am heading for the station Gannett owns in Sacramento, KXTV/News 10 as the Vice-President of the Information Center.  I am looking forward to that opportunity.

   But I feel like I am leaving several big projects unfinished here.  While we at 13 have come a long way in the past 4 1/2 years, there is a lot more to do.  I also know there are a lot of talented people at WZZM who will continue to excel.

    In the community, the Grand Rapids Community Foundation and Community Media Center are/this close to announcing the name of the new Neighborhood News Bureau program and its structure.  I have enjoyed working with Laurie and George from the CMC, Roberta from the Foundation and all the people I met at the various brainstorming sessions.

    If you have not, please join the NNB Facebook group.  They need the help of ANYONE who cares about what happens in the various city neighborhoods.  As commercial media continues to deal with this recession (if it’s over, I don’t see it!), we need everyone’s help to cover this great community.

    Laurie, Roberta or George, if I can do anything to help – either while I’m here or on the West Coast – let me know.  I can’t wait to see the first stories produced from Grand Rapids’ first Neighborhood News Bureaus.