We Will Be Different!

May 14, 2012

Centre Street Fernandina Beach, Florida
Used with permission from the State Archives of Florida

Welcome to the Fernandina Observer, a news and opinion blog that will focus on the City of Fernandina Beach and the news and issues that impact our community. News sources, whether print media or blogs, lose their credibility when opinions filled with half-truths take over the delivery of information. Our goal is to deliver news and opinions that are thoughtful, and well researched. We will be different!

The Fernandina Observer is a news blog and using the web offers alternative platforms for delivery of information. Through Fernandina Observer’s podcasts, you connect directly with local news makers. Interviews with leaders in our community, or healthy round table discussions on hot button issues will help you develop a deeper understanding of community issues. We will be different!

Encouraging others to work with us will be a key to our success. We need volunteer reporters (Write for F O) who wish to get involved, and grow with us. It will take time to develop news sources and time to hone our skills. We will start out simply, and as we grow we will increase our coverage and develop greater avenues of news delivery.

Douglas M. Newton and Susan Hardee Steger will be co-editors. Full disclosure: We were both involved in losing city commission campaigns, but we care deeply about our community. Doug was treasurer of the campaign to elect John Elwell, and Susan was a candidate for re-election to the city commission in 2011.

The Fernandina Observer will be “delivered” by signing up through SearchAmelia.com or by going directly to www.fernandinaobserver.com. The Fernandina Observer has entered into a promotional/advertising agreement with SearchAmelia. SearchAmelia comes into the homes and businesses of thousands of individuals and we wish to tap into their vast network of readers. We will begin this Thursday. A new blog will appear weekly or when significant news events occur.

So how will the Fernandina Observer benefit our community? We will inform and educate, not confuse and mislead. When credit is due, we will build up our community, not tear it down. When issues arise that demand public attention, or if mistakes are made that demand accountability, you will be informed.

So join us. We are committed, and we will be different!

Douglas M Newton
Susan Hardee Steger

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