Note to Readers and Subscribers:
Thank you again for reading and financially supporting independent reporting in Centre County.
My long-term goal is to develop a reader-supported newspaper publishing business that provides public accountability journalism services to citizens, and a decent wage to me and a handful of staff reporters.
Partly because progress toward that goal is slow, I’ve taken a part-time paid position with a private employer. The job as structured now is a 15-20 hour per week position.
While I hold down that job, I’ll be scaling back my publishing target for Bailiwick News from the current 3-4 issues permonth, down to one or two issues per month. I’ll also be reducing the number of public meetings I attend from the current three to four per week to specific meetings as needed to supplement document-based reporting.
This will reduce the time I invest in Bailiwick News from about 30-40 hours per week, to 5 to 10 hours per week going forward.
Upcoming issues will include a wrap-up of the Slab Cabin Run water and farmland protection series and coverage of the Centre County District Attorney primary race through three case studies: 1) Parks Miller’s defamation suit against critics; 2) her resistance to public access to information through her challenges to the PA Right to Know Law, and 3) as much coverage as possible (given the court-imposed secrecy) of the McClure and Grove texting cases now on appeal to Superior Court.
I’m also planning reporting on the structure of Centre Region and Centre County political systems and on the proposed expansion of the beneficial reuse sewage management program, alongside the history of the Regional Growth Boundary, Sewer Service Area and implementation of the Centre Region Comprehensive Plan.
And I’m planning reporting on the State College zoning code overhaul process, particularly as it relates to public safety, air quality, water quality, high-rise/high density student housing and Penn State enrollment policies.
That list will probably comprise all of the reporting I’ll be able to draft and publish over the next six months.
Again, thank you for reading and financially supporting Bailiwick News.