The Arlington Mercury and Arlington Independent Media--two non-profit options for news, information and training--will be partnering this weekend to cover the Arlington County Fair. This is the first in what AIM and the Mercury hope will be a connection between AIM's video, photo and web training courses and the Mercury's news coverage.
"This connection will offer another option for AIM volunteer producers to reach audiences," said Paul LeValley, AIM's executive director.
To learn more about the options and offerings, swing by the AIM table at the county fair, and say hello to AIM and Mercury staff. (Get a free Merc sticker to show your support!) To see more about AIM classes, click here.
The cooperation will go beyond news coverage. In the fall, Steve Thurston, executive director and editor of the Mercury, will lead an online journalism class at AIM.
"I'm really looking forward to working with AIM producers," Thurston said. Online news law and ethics as well as writing and producing will be covered. "It's an exciting time to be a journalist. The class will be fun and informative for cub reporters and citizen journalists."
News produced for AIM and the Mercury will run on both websites and show on local cable stations (channel 69 for Comcast customers, 38 for Verizon customers in Arlington).
Arlington Independent Media is Arlington's leader in low-cost, video, photo, and web training. They host the annual Rosebud film festival and participate in the region's SilverDocs film festival for documentaries.
The Arlington Mercury is a multi-media, non-profit news website dedicated to Arlington news "where policy meets the pavement."