All About Us
P.O. Box 96
Lodi, WI 53555
We’re simply folks that live here and care about our community and the dialogue, information and the truth that keeps the blood flowing. We aim to keep the majority of our news and advertising local, our photographs local, our ownership local and our community announcements local, with an eye on regional, national and world events. As we said from the beginning, this is YOUR new online newspaper. Because of the internet we will also be multimedia. But, human nature being what it is, people have begun to wonder: who is leading this brave new adventure? The truth is, all of us.
A group of interested folks began meeting in January 2008 to start to gnaw on this big question. Would a local online newspaper work in a small town like Lodi? There were about a hundred reasons it wouldn’t, but the organizers kept saying: Wouldn’t it be great?
Rog Severson got L.O.D.I. involved so its board could watch the process. Gary N-Ski has offered his photographs at no cost and many others have submitted news stories about their own organizations or interests.
Who owns it? We’re still figuring that one out. Join us. We are just some folks who put the First Amendment above all others. Freedom of the Press becomes less free everyday. But, here with the help of the Internet and this LodiValleyNews.com website we can breathe the rarified air of community journalism in its purest form. We hope to do that with the contributions of people who care and the community support.
Sure, we are going to have to figure out the financial puzzle at some point and far smarter people than I are putting their pencils to that portion. We need to be sustainable. How is all coming together? We are just as idealistic as we were in the beginning. Wouldn’t it be wonderful?
Can probably best be defined through this short video from NYU Professor Jay Rosen:
Citizen journalism, plain & simple.
The Lodi Valley News is a community, online news source that will be available 24/7 at this site. Content will be changing constantly.
Our policy is to promote freedom of speech. We ask contributors to observe only a few rules. First, common courtesy. Address an issue that has sparked your concern, without placing blame on an individual (unless the comments are related to the actions of an elected official in his or her role). Please be sure of your facts.
If you are a candidate for a local office and you would like your views known – please submit your thoughts. We are hoping to encourage more public dialogue about the things that are important to us.
Want to get involved? Want to contribute or have the news of your club or service group, church or athletic team appears in this new online paper? Well, here’s the “how-to”: contact us through the Contact Form. We will set you up with a contributor account, including login information. Once you have logged in, just type your article in the window (or cut and paste if you like). You can insert images, etc. You must have proper permissions for all submissions and any submission viewed to be in violation of copyright issues will be rejected.
Any and all comments are welcome. First though, you must sign up for an account. You will be required to submit both your name (or nickname) and email address. YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS WILL NOT BE DISPLAYED. LodiValleyNews.com reserves the right to reject any submission for any reason. If you post on a regular basis, our blog supports avatars (those tiny identifying images next to your post). You can obtain an avatar of your own by visiting the Gravatar website.
For the comment section, please adhere to the rules of common decency. Keep your comments and posts on subject. Namecalling, taunting or other inappropriate behavior is frowned upon.
- First offense: Warning
- Second offense: Double secret probation
- Third offense: Permanent banishment to discussion board purgatory.