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Leaving early today for personal business – hoping everything goes well this afternoon.

Finally getting connected to the wired world! It’s been an interesting 8 days without home TV.

   I want to keep this blog going, despite the demands of the new job I just took in Sacramento.  And there’s been a lot happening in our business since I last wrote here.

   First, I was excited to hear that the Grand Rapids’ Knight Foundation project has a name – The Rapidian – and will launch in August!  For more information or to keep tabs, click here to see the project’s Facebook page.   If anyone knows of a strong Northern California community journalism project or group, comment here or e-mail me at tgeraghty@news10.net.

   iPhone can now shoot video and my former EP, Adrienne Roark, and her Miami newsroom at CBS 4 shot a story on the phone about lines for the phone.  I know stations have shot parts of or whole stories on Flip cameras (BTW, I am going to start shooting short videos for this site with my new Flip, thanks to the best 4 teenage girls I know!)

   And Steve Brill is leading a group that will soon start a website that will work with publishers to start a paid web model.  I know from first-hand knowledge we in the media are not making what we should from our web sites.  But I am also still not convinced people will pay unless it is truly unique content and not even the Wall Street Journal is making it work totally as a paid model.

   We’ll just have to wait and see what happens.

   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.