JEFFERSON — Several weeks before the Jefferson Review ceased publication, Elizabeth Jones and Susan Williamson began collaborating on how to fill the news gap that would develop after the final edition of the Review was published in late December.
Jones was a reporter for the newspaper, and she volunteers for the Greater Jefferson Community Center. Williamson is the “community connector” for the Jefferson Together! program. The group’s primary focus is drug and alcohol prevention and reducing adolescent problem behavior.
Until this month, Jefferson Together! and the community center put out their own email newsletters.
This month, however, Jones and Williamson combined their talents to produce one 13-page email newsletter. Those who aren’t on their mailing lists or who don’t have access to email can pick up a copy for $1 at the community center, 107 N. Main St.
The newsletter contained information about community assistance programs, clubs and groups, the chamber and the city, youth groups, a community calendar and a list of churches.
“We found that there was overlap among people receiving the newsletters, and there was a repetition in the news they were getting,” Jones said.
Now the single newsletter includes the type of information that currently appears in both publications and eventually will include more newsy stories along with some photographs.
“We’ll make the community aware of upcoming events, activities, board meetings and fundraisers but for now we won’t include information from city council, school board meetings or sports coverage,” Jones said. “We are encouraging people to submit photos, short articles and captions for their photos.”
Jones and Williamson are working out a format for their publication. “We hope to expand the content each month yet remain as cost-effective as we can,” she said.
If Jones and Williamson can secure advertising and more funding, they would like to produce the newsletter twice a month.
The co-editors plan to present plans for their publication and find out what the people of Jefferson want to see in their newsletter when representatives from several organizations meet at a regular community collaboration meeting that starts at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 28 in the board room at Jefferson Middle School.
Those attending are from groups such as the Marion County Health Department, the school district, the library, Jefferson Peer Court, Headstart, parks and recreation, Jefferson Together! and the city of Jefferson.
Williamson can be reached at 541-327-3337, Ext. 237, or at email@example.com.
Jones is available at firstname.lastname@example.org.