- Eye on Media
Another year of fun filled snarky news commentary and analysis is almost over and this December marks the second consecutive month that MGx has reached over 20,000 global visitors. Most visitors are from the US and 1% are classified as "addicts" and 35% as "regulars" by Quantcast. Almost 450 regulars are Oregon residents from Portland to Salem to Ashland to Brookings.
The advertising you see on MGx barely covers the cost of maintaining the website and its associated services and pays nothing towards the time and effort involved to research and report on important local issues. If each regular reader just contributed $6 this Christmas season it would pay 50% of the emergency room medical bills for my fifteen year-old daughter this year.
This season please show your appreciation and help keep MGx a voice for fine local writers like, Roy Keene, Wim de Vriend, Ron Sadler and Robert Fischer and many others. Please donate to MGx today.
"A critical, independent and investigative press is the lifeblood of any democracy. The press must be free from state interference. It must have the economic strength to stand up to the blandishments of government officials. It must have sufficient independence from vested interests to be bold and inquiring without fear or favor. It must enjoy the protection of the constitution, so that it can protect our rights as citizens." Nelson Mandela 1918 - 2013
MGx staff, (that would be me), are deeply embedded in a project which ought to provide a wider venue and more flexibility to discuss local politics and issues. This will be an optional enhancement to MGx and MGx will continue on as usual. That is all I will say for now but hopefully this explains why it has been quiet over here lately.
In other news, Sandy Messerle, wife of outgoing commissioner, Fred Messerle, has applied for the Myrtle Point city manager job. If she gets the job that would leave her current position as executive director of SCDC open. Does anyone remember if SCDC actually put out a formal job advertisement or held interviews when she was hired?