By Mike Phillips
Editor
July 10, 2022

“And here are some positions we still need to fill asap: local government coverage and business coverage, marketing and advertising (two positions), and copy flow/backup editing assistant with – and this is critical — strong WordPress software skills.”

Mike Phillips

It’s time that I gave you an update on the Observer’s transition.

Non-profit – We’ve completed the transition from a standard LLC to a non-profit. That required changing the corporate name (long, boring story) so now we’re Nassau Observer Inc., DBA Fernandina Observer.

Financial status – We have $20,000 in a business account with Truist Bank. We’ll have a CPA firm shortly, doing bookkeeping, payroll and quarterly filings.
Expanding coverage categories – We are half-way to where I’d like to be by fall. Let me introduce you to the new contributors:

Kaleigh Simmons — who has a BA in classical studies from the University of Florida/Gainsville and a masters in emergency management from Clemson University. She grew up in Yulee, still lives there and is (by all accounts) the ball-of-fire administrative assistant in the Fernandina Beach Fire Department. She will be writing about the dramatic growth and change in her hometown.

Christopher Bogosh – who is an RN specializing in end-of-life issues and who also has a theology degree, will be covering churches, focusing on congregational contributions to community.

Kendra Shafer – who has a journalism degree from UF Gainsville and, after several years in that profession, came back home to Nassau County to take care of her aging father, got a teaching certificate and taught middle school. After her her father’s death she moved into free-lance writing, tutoring kids who are struggling in school and volunteering with environmental organizations. She will be covering the education of youngsters in our highly-rated schools.

Pat Foster Turley – No, she’s not new but wanted to know if I wanted her (and if she wanted me, I suspect). I gleefully invited her and her popular Wild Ways column back into the fold, and she accepted.

And here are some positions we still need to fill asap: local government coverage and business coverage, marketing and advertising (two positions), and copy flow/backup editing assistant with – and this is critical — strong WordPress software skills.

That will get a new, expanded Observer off and running by fall. I’m talking to occasional contributors who might want to get a little more active – but very interested in hearing from anyone new who’d like to take on one of the positions in the previous paragraph.

Mike’s contact info:  nkymikephillips@gmail.com 

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Ms. D. Hunter
Ms. D. Hunter (@guest_65671)
6 months ago

“..here are some positions we still need to fill asap: local government coverage and business coverage..” If I were you, Sir, I’d blow my entire budget to retain Suanne Thamm on staff as long as she’d be willing to stay. FYI, it’s “Gainesville.”

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