In Lakeland, the revolution might not be televised, but it will play out in social media.
There’s a push to replace the city’s council-manager form of government with a strong mayor system, and the people promoting it are using Facebook as a listening post to get feedback before they even offer a formal proposal.
Prominent journalists who worked with Rose Allegato shared memories of the dynamo reporter and editor in Bill Rufty’s touching obituary this week.
A lot more stories have been shared since then, and I understand more will be in The Ledger tomorrow. One of the most succinct and accurate descriptions of Rose came from Mary Loftus in a Facebook comment: “She was a fireball!”
Eleven news employees, including four reporters, three photographers and three copy editors, were laid off by the Ledger Media Group this week.
Thousands attend PigFest at Tigertown every year, and hundreds of them are posting photos on social media. Here is a selection of people enjoying PigFest.
Cheryl Nichols and other Sierra Club members from Polk County paddle the upper reaches of the Suwannee River.
There’s no “Welcome to Florida” sign on the Suwannee River. No message from Gov. Rick Scott saying Florida is “Open for Business.” And that’s probably appropriate. We saw no signs of commerce and few signs of other people last weekend on a 42-mile kayak trip that started at the river’s source at the edge of the Okefenokee Swamp in south Georgia.
Hey, Lu —
I hope you don’t mind the informal greeting. I figure we’re on a first-name basis since we exchanged tweets recently.
I’m listening to your new album now. I just bought it from iTunes. I don’t buy much music these days. Mostly I rent it. I subscribe to Beats Music, and for the most part its 20 million songs are enough to keep me happy. I know I don’t own the music, but it satisfies my musical curiosity, and the $10 a month it costs me is less than I’d probably spend to buy albums, many of which I’ll rarely return to after a few listens.
Crowds pack Zuma on Thursday nights to hear bluegrass.
Eleven years ago there came unto Marshall, N.C., a coffee shop. And it was called Zuma Coffee. And the community looked upon Zuma and said it is good.
Bob Turner, my first city editor, didn’t do social media. His heyday as a journalist was in the 1950s through 1980s, and he was more comfortable with a typewriter than a computer. (When I moved into his old desk at The Tampa Times, I had to switch things around so that I faced the computer terminal instead of the old typewriter.)
But if Bob were a reporter now, I think he would embrace social media – mostly because it would expand the number of sources he could talk with.
The tudor house pauses at Lake Hollingsworth and Patten Heights.
Hundreds of photos and videos were taken this morning when a historic house was moved from a perch overlooking Lake Hollingsworth in Lakeland to a nearby lot on Florida Avenue in Dixieland. Here are some highlights from social media feeds, including fabulous videos taken from cameras on drones.