Niagara At Large – Help Us Grow a Fearless, Independent Voice for the People of this Greater Niagara Region

To rebuild the kind of news media we lost in this region thanks to corporate chains cutting and gutting newsrooms, we are going to need your support!

A Message from Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper

Posted June 19h, 2018 on Niagara At Large

For the next five or six days, this independent site for news and commentary will be relatively inactive while we are on the road, travelling from the tip of Cape Cod, Massachusetts surrounded by the waters of the Atlantic, through the heart of that state and New York State to Buffalo, then back to our home base in Niagara, Ontario.

First thing next week – starting June 25th – we are going to hit the ground running because we have a great deal of work to do in our region with only four months left before the October 22nd municipal elections – elections that, without doubt, will make the difference between more of the same divisive, self-serving ugliness at the regional level of government and hope for a healthier better future for you and I, for the youngest among us, and for the communities we live in.

For a decade now, Niagara At Large has worked to play a valuable role in reporting and commenting on the good, the bad and the ugly in our region and the world around it, but we can’t keep doing it on air – with few resources and no financial compensation.

To survive and to build this independent online news and commentary site into the more vital, fearless voice, and the kind of watchdog and investigator we believe the people of Niagara deserve and desperately need to engage in issues that impact on our welfare and the welfare of our communities, we will need more resources and we will need to find ways of drawing financial support.

We will begin to talk to you more about that and how to get there in the weeks ahead.

In the meantime, if you have any ideas on how you can help build Niagara At Large into the most vital, independent watchdog for everyday people in our region, I invite you to email me at drapers@vaxxine.com .

See you when we get back home.

A better future for Niagara and the world around us is ours if we are willing to work together to fight for it.

And never forget something that funk music artist George Clinton told us all a long time ago; “Free your mind and your ass will follow.”

  • Doug Draper

The journalism class of 1978 – yes, that is 40 whole years ago – at the University of Western Ontario on our way to earning a Master’s degree in the field. That is me (Doug Draper) with the unruly hair, in the second row on the far right. If you look real close, in the very last row, about third or fourth from the left, if you want to count the person standing a little lower down, is the late great British writer and master of provocative thoughts, Malcolm Muggeridge, who had the honour to teach us that year. Sad thing is that, given the gutting of newsrooms across North America by corporations in it for short-term gain, chances are that well over half the journalism graduates from the past four decades are out of journalism jobs now – not good at all for keeping our leaders’ feet to the fire and for assuring an informed public in a democracy.

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For more news and commentary from Niagara At Large – an independent, alternative voice for our greater bi-national Niagara region – become a regular visitor and subscriber to NAL at www.niagaraatlarge.com .

“A politician thinks of the next election. A leader thinks of the next generation.” – Bernie Sanders

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