Bill Green: The i’s and ears of our Island

There’s a new big green logo you’re going to be seeing a lot of in 2009 — And I couldn’t be prouder to introduce the initiative that comes with it

Someone who is eagle-eyed is said to have keen vision. Hence, the term eagle-eyed reporter — a journalist who rarely lets anything escape his or her watchful eye.

With the advent of the Web, every citizen has the opportunity to become an eagle-eyed reporter, posting what they see and hear and do for the world to see.

Through our comments section, letters to the editor and, our readers have contributed immensely to the success of and the Marco Eagle. Over the past few years, we’ve grown that initiative, with regular contributions from MICA, the YMCA, the Art League, the City of Marco Island and many more. We’re very proud of what you have accomplished for your community.

Now as an “Eagle i” (get it, eagle-eye?), you will have the opportunity to do more. Your photograph could end up on the front page of the Eagle, online and in print. Your article could run alongside that of any staff reporter. Your column could be a regular part of our online community and print publication. You can blog, post video or, what the heck, just tell us what you’d like to do and we’ll make it happen; within reason of course.

You can add your expertise to stories we’re working on, share documents and photos and participate fully in the process.

Look throughout this and every future edition of the Marco Eagle for your opportunity to add to the chorus of local contributors, or e-mail me what you’d like to do.

Together, we’ll have an Eagle i on every corner of our Island paradise, keeping readers informed like never before. Even if you just pick up the phone and give us a news tip, you’ll be helping your community stay informed. Oh, and that big green logo I was talking about. It’ll help you readily identify content that our Eagle i’s provide.

Oh yeah! Each week, our staff will pick the best Eagle i contribution, whether it’s a photo, column, story, letter or comment. That person will win a free Eagle i T-shirt and cap — and you can’t buy those anywhere.

Each month, during Marco Thursdays at the Esplanade, we will publicly honor the winners from the prior month, as well as acknowledge them online and in print.

My hope is that you’ll wear you Eagle i T-shirt, proudly stating, “I am an Eagle i. I care what happens in my community and I want you to have all the facts.”

So good luck, and let’s get i-balling!

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Comments » 3

happy6 writes:

and pay 50 cents for the same paper you can get for free...depends on where you get it...bill, why not publish all the free newstands? how can one place charge and the other not charge...and by the way bill...where have city mgrs columns been the past few weeks...did he forget to write them or you just no publishing them.

happy6 writes:

i love my shirt! can you really agree with the editor of a paper that selectively charges for their rag? his picture looks like a mug shot. come on realistic...this paper is what it is...a local enquirer. the sun times has more info and a better distribution...but that's just my opinion....your turn.

happy6 writes: a comment on my shirt today...they loved it...especially the back that says "Joe's Crab Shack" "BITE ME".

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