What’s Next for the Observer?

By Mike Phillips
[email protected]
May 12, 2022

Mike Phillips


We’ve begun a transition period that will last a month or two. We now have an IRS non-profit tax number and are awaiting new state corporate registration documents. Meanwhile, we are recruiting new paid correspondents who will be paid to broaden our coverage of life in Nassau County – and asking previous volunteers if they’d like to stay on for the ride (and some extra bucks).

While we’re regrouping, I will keep providing coverage of city government. And the many useful press releases we get from community organizations and government agencies will be posted.

But summer will slow things down. People are traveling, and I need to spend time connecting with community members just to better know my way around. So the news might seem a little thin for awhile. That won’t last. The two dedicated women who ran the Observer for ten years are moving on, but they’ll keep their eyes on me. If you know Suanne Thamm or Susan Steger, you know how valuable their advice will be.

And so will your advice. You can best reach me at [email protected] or call or text at 904-568-1194. And don’t be surprised if a survey comes your way. Our subscriber list comes with email addresses, and I’ll use them (gently) to get feedback.

So welcome to the new Observer. It’s going to be an interesting journey!

–Mike Phillips

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Margo Story
Margo Story (@guest_65047)
1 year ago

I love this, shaping it up…….Welcome Mike Philips

Mark Tomes
Mark Tomes(@mtomes)
1 year ago

Good luck with the transition. I like the variety of news the Observer has had in the past. My one suggestion would be to stop posting press releases by businesses to promote their business; this is not news, it is free advertising. Thanks.

Robert S. Warner, Jr.
Robert S. Warner, Jr. (@guest_65062)
1 year ago
Reply to  Mark Tomes

Ditto, Mark Tomes. Enough of the Press Releases.

Anne Showalter
Anne Showalter(@showrobb)
1 year ago

Welcome, Mike! I look forward to experiencing the evolving Fernandina Observer!

Paula Mutzel
Paula Mutzel(@paula-m)
1 year ago

Good luck to Susan and Suanne! They did a great job over the last 10 years and I hope they still provide their interesting input. Thanks ladies!

Carol Lee Adams
Carol Lee Adams(@carollee0123hotmail-com)
1 year ago

Thank you Mike, and Welcome. I’m grateful for the continuation of the Observer. It’s wonderful to have accurate timely information that affects us on the Island.

cornell rudov
cornell rudov (@guest_65056)
1 year ago

Wishing all of the best for your sucess.

1 year ago

Welcome Mike! Please do us ALL a favor and remove ALL political biases from your digital NEWS paper would be a welcome change to have real ‘BIAS FREE’ NEWS in our community!

Last edited 1 year ago by missyjean
Jim Mayo
Jim Mayo (@guest_65217)
1 year ago

The Observer has become a vital part of the news landscape of Amelia Island. Its business model has clearly depended on unpaid talent. Now that people are being paid it will be interesting to see it advertising and subscriptions will provide adequate revenue to continue to allow this this product to exist.

Edward Mark Joseph Szynaka
Edward Mark Joseph Szynaka (@guest_67947)
1 year ago

Today’s commentary showed a commitment to professionalism. Journalism You did your research and reported with a gentle hand, You have my respect, and thanks.