In a reasonably small (I prefer right-sized) community like Kent it seems like it shouldn’t be hard to keep everybody informed on important local issues, but the reality is that there are fewer media outlets to use so even though word can travel fast, it’s hard to make sure the words are acccurate.
That was a big part of the motivation behind this blog (and our Twitter feed, Facebook pages, web site, etc.) — to help fill gaps and give people ways to connect to their government and their community in whatever medium best suits their needs.
I feel like we do better than we used to in getting information distributed but it still falls short of what we’d like, which is one reason I was excited to learn about the reasonably new Portage Pulse segment that is offered by TV2 at Kent State University.
The Portage Pulse is a news summary show that offers interviews and commentary about topics that are important in Portage County. The segments are aired on Time Warner’s Channel 16 or they can be viewed at the TV Channel 2 web site.
They even offer a great Friday night football wrap-up for all the avid high school football fans in Portage County.
The only reason I discovered the Portage Pulse was because I was asked to come on the show which I did last Friday and was aired on Sunday, September 23, 2012. You can get a sense for the show format and hear what I had to say about our downtown revitalization by going to the TVKSU website and clicking on the Portage Pulse, 9-23-12 episode.