The city's best-known independent journalist has made it his mission to cast a bright, steady light on City Hall, and he needs your support.
By Ryan McGreal
Published January 06, 2014
Hamilton needs Joey Coleman, and Joey Coleman needs your support.
The city's best-known independent journalist has made it his mission to cast a bright, steady light on City Hall by livestreaming and archiving every council, committee and subcommittee meeting and school board Trustee meeting. He also pushes to have agendas and minutes published in a timely fashion and has long been an articulate advocate for the City to commit to open public data.
Democracy is what happens before Council makes a final decision, and Joey has lifted the standard on early and consistent media coverage of the democratic process in Hamilton. This allows citizens to be informed and engaged on issues while there is still opportunity to make a difference.
Joey can't be everywhere in person, but his expert use of social media networks has served to amplify the voices of sincere Hamiltonians across the city who are eager to be more involved in the news and events that shape their communities.
As of January 2, we are in the 2014 municipal election cycle and Joey Coleman has pledged "to provide the most comprehensive, fact-based coverage of any media outlet".
He does all of this with a level of professionalism and sheer integrity that leaves no doubt as to his dedication to the virtues of civic journalism. We are all better for his efforts, even people who only get their news from other sources: his example has raised the bar for everyone.
The most amazing thing is that Joey provides all of this - livestreams, video archives, reports, opinion pieces - to everyone for free. No throttles, no paywalls, no fees. He is committed to providing information in an open, interconnected web of resources.
Instead of subscriptions or fees, Joey depends on periodic crowdfunding to finance his operations. In his current crowdfunding round, which closes at midnight on January 10, he hopes to raise $9,000 to continue his unique coverage of civic affairs.
Hamilton is very lucky to have such an exciting form of journalism in its midst. I'm not aware of anyone else who is doing what Joey has accomplished: an independent, locally-based journalist supported entirely by voluntary donations from people who enjoy, appreciate and benefit from his work.
Please take a moment and make a contribution. It can be as little as $10 - the price of a coffee and a sandwich - or as much as you can afford to share.
Joey has already proven from previous crowdfunding rounds that this will be money well-spent on consistent, broad-spectrum, high-quality journalism centred on the level of government that has the most direct impact on your quality of life.
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