Welcome to my new home at Vocalo.org. This is where you'll find me writing about the media exclusively from now on.
In my new role, I look forward to redefining my old broadcast beat, while expanding the scope of my reporting to include print, the Internet and whatever else comes along. Best of all, every reader will be welcome to offer instant feedback and participate in what I hope will be a lively, ongoing dialogue about media issues.
In case you haven't heard, Vocalo.org is an interactive online community hosted by Chicago Public Radio, the nonprofit parent of WBEZ-FM (91.5). Launched in 2007, Vocalo.org is designed to be a virtual "public square" where people are invited to share ideas and opinions about everything going on in our metropolitan area. It serves as an outlet for audio content generated by users on both the website and WBEW-FM (89.5).
As my new boss, Torey Malatia, explained to me, my hiring (and that of other bloggers who'll be added in the coming weeks and months) is at the heart of plans to expand Vocalo.org and fulfill its potential as a vital and thought-provoking gathering place.