Author’s note: I am no longer affiliated with and no longer support or endorse Sibel Edmonds’ Newsbud, the media project that I wrote about in this post. Please see my explanation why for more information.
I can’t believe its a new year again already. Well, not quite, as I write this while listening to impatient neighbors setting off fireworks a few hours before midnight here in the Pacific Northwest. Perhaps they didn’t want to stay up till midnight. I don’t think I will either, but it isn’t for a lack of excitement. On the contrary, I am very excited for the new year.
2016 is shaping up to be a big year. Of course, in terms of World events, there’s so much to pay attention to, but tonight, I’m focusing on more personal things. Here on my young little blog, there is a rapidly growing list of things I hope to write about in the coming year, and I’m looking forward to that. I do hope you will all keep checking in, and feel free to leave comments.
I’ve got another big ambition for the new year. I’m really trying hard to have my first novel ready for publishing. I’ve been working on it for what sometimes seems like forever, and I’m anxious to have it done, so I can move on to the next fictional distraction. More details about that when the time gets closer.
Even more importantly, I am really excited about a new project that I believe can have far-reaching impacts in the world. I have become so fed up with the media, at least here in the US as I can’t really speak to media outside this country. I spend hours each week searching countless sites on the internet, just trying to find out what is really happening in the world, because I can’t get the facts from the big network news stations here. Its time-consuming, and frustrating. And I don’t think a lot of people have the sort of time to spend searching the internet for news that I do. I suppose many Americans don’t have the desire to either. This means that we are largely uninformed, unaware, ignorant.
What if we can change that? What if we can create something big enough to challenge the tight hold the big networks have over the information reaching the people? What if we can create our own news source, truly independent of corporate and government control? A platform where world news can be presented without fear of being censored by military industrial and mega-corporation sponsors who are unwilling to let the truth of their greed and destruction reach the masses. Well, 2016 can be the year we make just such a media source a reality.
We are going to form and operate a participatory news and multimedia network created to redefine content-driven publishing through a publicly-funded platform. Our new media platform will provide original investigative news and stories, daily analyses and commentaries, and audio and video podcast productions on significant issues ignored and/or censored by existing media sources.
Unlike many existing online media models, we will abide by a strict code of journalistic integrity, made possible by being independent, advertisement-free, and by being solely publicly funded. Our investigative reports and multimedia productions will be completely nonpartisan, agenda-free, with content free to all subscribers.
Sibel Edmonds, Boiling Frogs Post