This article contains opinion and/or editorial content.
When the Lodi Valley Chronicle started, it was just me.
There are now 15 people listed as authors, and half a dozen who contribute regular columns.
When I started the Chronicle I said:
The Lodi Valley Chronicle was created to bring Lodi’s news back into the hands of Lodians, and to resurrect the old-school, local-focused news we used to have when the Lodi Enterprise lived in an historic Main Street building and was run by people that everyone knew.
I know that the Lodi Valley is reading the Chronicle (I can see the numbers). Now I’m asking for you to contribute–not money, but words.
I am asking anyone 18 or older1For legal liability reasons; If anyone under 18 wishes to contribute, they may be able to do so, but only with explict permission from, and direct oversight by, their parent(s) or legal guardian(s). who is interested in becoming a part of something bigger, and informing our community about the news and events that are important to us.
You want to know what’s going on in our government–but you don’t want to sit through all those meetings. You can read the minutes online, but… that doesn’t tell you the whole story. And who has the time to sit through all of those meetings, anyway?
The community needs people that have the time and inclination to sit through the meetings and let everyone know what’s actually going on. I’m working on building up the resources to live-stream government meetings (including the School Board) on YouTube–where they will be archived for anyone to watch later (with the ability to fast-forward through the boring bits). But that will take both money and manpower.
It will, however, create much greater transparency–and accountability–from our government.
Softball has taken a hit this summer, but what about darts, pool, volleyball(?), and other “bar league” competitions? We need someone to keep us informed about curling–from regular play to the big bonschpeil. Did you know that the Lodi gun range hosts an annual competition that draws top marksmen from around the world? We’re one of the few places that has a 1,000-yard range.
What’s the state of summer youth athletics? Our children are out there working hard to keep fit, have fun, and win a few. Everyone wants to hear how they’re doing–and see that they get the recognition they deserve for their hard work.
Lodi loves the Blue Devils–at every level and in every sport. And why shouldn’t we?
But we need people who are willing to tell us about the games and matches–people who not only love the sport, but can explain what’s going on and why it’s important. Who’s improving? Who’s had an outstanding game? What are the stats and the predictions for the season? And how is the shift in WIAA football leagues going to affect the upcoming season?
Competitive Scholastics & Performances
Lodi competes in more than just sports. There’s forensics, Model UN, mock trial, Academic Decathlon, and more. Those students work as hard to build and perfect their skills as anyone on the field, court, or diamond. When I was attending LHS, Lodi Forensics was the team to beat. We dominated the conference, continually bringing home the gold at WHSFA competitions, and year after year winning the Hintz Award for excellence at the WFCA State Competition.
Lodi also has an amazing history of sending out students to work professionally in the performing arts. They started here–performing in the choir, swing choir, band, 3-act, and musical. That second-row sophomore soprano may one day solo at the Syndney Opera House2Sorry… couldn’t resist the alliteration..
Our students deserve to have their accomplishments recorded and their stories told–not just within the walls of the schools, but for everyone to see.
Perfection Not Required
Don’t worry if you’re “not a good writer”. That’s what editors are for. If you’re able to provide facts and insights, I’ll worry about making it sound good3For what it’s worth: with all the community contributors that the Chronicle has, I need to do almost no editing. If you’d like, I’ll even give feedback and pointers to help you improve.
Caveat and Contact
The caveat: At this point, I can’t pay anyone. The Chronicle runs at a deficit–because I believe it’s more important to make sure the community is informed than it is to get paid for it. I’m in the process of creating a sponsorship program where local businesses–or individuals–can sponsor single stories or entire series (e.g., every article about the 2020 LHS softball season). Every penny of that money will go to the contributing authors.
Let’s truly make the Lodi Valley Chronicle “Lodi’s Newspaper”.
A Lodi native, Blaze attended the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay where he graduated with a degree in theatre technology & design. He has traveled extensively throughout the United States and the world–including a 6-year stint in China. He has been a teacher, a writer, a designer, and is the founder of the Redleaf Consulting Group.
|↑1||For legal liability reasons; If anyone under 18 wishes to contribute, they may be able to do so, but only with explict permission from, and direct oversight by, their parent(s) or legal guardian(s).|
|↑2||Sorry… couldn’t resist the alliteration.|
|↑3||For what it’s worth: with all the community contributors that the Chronicle has, I need to do almost no editing.|