I mean really?? It is a newspaper and people do read it after all. I see many of my clients, local associations and people in general tweeting, insta-posting, facebooking, etc etc to people they already know but those same people are hesitant to submit an article to the Parliament Street News.
I always say that social media is like waving at a train and hoping that somebody waves back. The idea of community, to my mind, is defined by location, not by how many people you know, or have never known, or if they liked your picture. If you are truly interested in connecting with the community ( we all should be ) then you should want to write an article about somebody doing great things for others. Perhaps the association you belong to is having a fundraiser, or an obituary, a restaurant review or even a recipe.
The Parliament Street News allows you to tell your story, a story about anything you like. We then do the crazy thing, we deliver your stories to people’s doorsteps and guess what? They read it and you have just connected. How do I know they read it? Firstly people say they saw it, I get calls and submissions and advertisers all the time because they say they saw the paper. You will too but my goal is to up the content. Which is where I need your help. We need more content.
I call Parliament Street Canada’s most diverse street. There is no street in Canada with a greater variety of people. Millionaires rubbing shoulders with people without. Newcomers with fourth generation Canadians, luxury cars with scooters homeless with home owners. The very contradiction of it all makes great sense to all that live here. So that is my rant for today. A challenge if you are reading this to help me get more content in the paper, share your stories and keep the Parliament Street News growing in an organic and natural way.
Of course, our one rule still applies “ you can’t say anything bad about anybody else.” Oh, and we always need advertisers.
Contributed by Peter Lovering, Publisher of The parliament Street News