Bailiwick News is a print newspaper, compiling investigative reports and analysis on Centre County public affairs, launched on Sept. 2, 2016.
The Bailiwick News name comes from the Latin bajulare, “to carry a burden,” and vicus, meaning “village.” The medieval allusion is deliberate: the newspaper is partly motivated by a desire to collect and disseminate information useful to the peasantry living in the neofeudal Fiefdom of Corporate Penn State: our issues, concerns, interests and values, and our capacity for resistance and rebellion.
The Bailiwick News mission is two-fold:
- To empower citizens to intervene in local government now to prevent further damage to our critical infrastructure and public finances; and
- To empower citizens to build alternative critical infrastructure knowledge now in the understory while we wait for the giant overarching edifice of over-complexity and debt to collapse on top of us.
HOW CAN I GET A COPY?
PDFs are published as they’re completed, at Steady State College and Spring Creek Homesteading Fund’s website for online readers.
Those posts can be shared via Facebook and Twitter. Readers are encouraged to print, copy and distribute the newspaper to friends and neighbors.
Print copies are also available at two distribution boxes downtown on Allen Street: one in front of Schlow Library and one in front of McLanahan’s.
At the start in September 2016, I had been aiming for a print/PDF Bailiwick News issue to go out once a week, on Fridays.
As of April 2017, I have a goal of one to two editions each month, published as they’re finished. (Keeping burnout at bay is a fairly constant struggle, given the large number of complex challenges facing the community and the finite number of hours in each day.)
My goal is to earn a small income from investigative reporting for Centre County citizens. Eventually, I’d like to be earning about $3,000 per month and then grow the revenue stream enough to employ two additional full-time independent investigative reporters at about that level.
During the first publishing year, I maintained a PayPal account, and solicited $5 per month/$60 per year subscriptions. 19 wonderful subscribers stepped up!
In summer 2017, I decided to look at other ways of structuring the finances, and closed the PayPal account, with a commitment to send all second year editions to the 19 subscribers to honor their subscriptions.
Research is ongoing, but donations are always welcome by Regular Mail/Paper Check payable to “KW Investigations LLC” to 156 W. Hamilton Ave., State College PA 16801.
WHAT DOES BAILIWICK NEWS REPORT ON?
2017 Coverage – Strategic Priorities
- Public Governance – Open public meetings, access to public documents, procedures for decision-making, including the Centre Region Council of Governments voluntary coordination organization and agencies.
- Public Finance – State College and CRCOG budgets; existing and hoped-for revenue streams including tax hikes; cost containment options.
- Water & Sewer Systems – State College Borough Water Authority and University Area Joint Sewer Authority, and other water and sewer systems: governance, budgets, rates, tapping fees, infrastructure needs, ecosystem impacts; special projects (i.e. Nixon-Kocher filtration plant construction; beneficial reuse project.)
- Land Use Planning and Zoning; Housing & Commercial Development – Land use decision-making, at the planning end, and at the implementation end through zoning code adoption and enforcement. Conversion of farmland to student housing; effects on ecosystems and municipal revenue streams. Public subsidies for development. State College zoning code overhaul. Rental property oversight, code compliance, rental costs for renters, housing costs for homeowners.
- Centre County Courts – Corruption, fraud, incompetence, 2017 District Attorney race.
- Penn State Governance & Public Safety – Non-local PSU governance as a local public safety issue. Corruption, fraud, non-transparency, administrative bloat. Enrollment, disciplinary policies, and externalized costs of student supervision and public safety. Impacts of unpunished crime on law-abiding students and year-round residents. Police departments, emergency management, fire departments, student alcoholism, personal and property crimes. Penn State’s new push to host large stadium events beyond just the fall football weekends.
The Centre Daily Times,The Gazette and StateCollege.com don’t offer readers investigative reporting or critical analysis.