PEORIA -- Here's a fascinating news release posted Sept. 10 on the Community Word.
Former Peoria Journal Star business editor Paul Gordon is beginning a new publication, The Peorian, and it's not being run out of his home basement.
From the release: "The Peorian will hold a press conference to officially announce the launch of its magazine, website and weekly TV show on Thursday, September 15, at 4:00 p.m. at the magazine’s editorial offices at 1302 W. Pioneer Parkway. The press conference is open to the public and will feature writers and editors from the magazine, along with refreshments and entertainment."
Yes, it says "magazine, website and weekly TV show." Interesting combination.
The PJS has been flirting with fire by laying off and buying out its talented news staff.
These people, like Paul Gordon, have the skills to run their own publications, which will compete for advertising dollars the PJS needs to satisfy the GateHouse Wall Street paymasters (reportedly millions per month in loan payments, owed to Wall Street.) GateHouse is the corporate owner of the PJS.
Other news publications in Peoria cannot match the talent, experience or sources of former PJS reporters. Someone willing to use them, like Paul Gordon, should be able to put out a credible and readable publication.
Let's hope it rises above its local magazine competitors, which use public relations releases and advertising releases in lieu of real journalism.
The release states: "The Peorian is edited by Paul Gordon and features writers Peter Couri, Kevin Kizer and Cathi Hawkinson. The first issue includes a new poem by Illinois Poet Laureate Kevin Stein."
These writers are not former PJS reporters, but have credible local reputations.
Good luck, Paul!
-- Elaine Hopkins
And -- The Sept. InterBusiness Issues has the stories of a few recent PJS staffers who left the newspaper, some under very difficult circumstances. See their stories here.