Somebody posed the right question the other day when I asked on Facebook for reactions to the new design of The Ledger’s print edition: Why did they do it?
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!”
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.
Social media can be an illuminating window into a community and its people. The feed below, which updates constantly, shows images posted to Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #lkld. It’s a little experiment in automated social curation I created at rebelmouse.com. (View a full-width version here.)
My first blog was called Polk News Watch. I set it up in the fall of 2003 as part of theledger.com, the website I started for The Ledger, the daily newspaper in Lakeland, Fla., where I live.
Polk News Watch was a spot where readers could discover what other publications were reporting about our part of Central Florida.
The secret sauce was a daily email from Google News that fed me news stories mentioning Lakeland, Polk County, Winter Haven and several other local cities. I developed the most interesting links into blog posts and often channeled info to Ledger editors as news tips.