February 27, 2012

The Ocean State Current: Carpenter No More

Justin Katz

Many of you have already heard, through one channel or another, that I've been working on a new project that has moved me from the construction site to an online media office. (Still mainly my basement.) Well, that project, The Ocean State Current, has just quietly gone live. Noise to follow.

Rather than copy and paste, for Anchor Rising readers, information about the site, I'll simply refer you to its about page and a more personalized blog post that I've published on its "Justin's Case" page. I'll also point out that I've spent the past week blogging to nobody, so there's over a week's worth of posts containing content that I could bear to cast directly into an archive, but that AR readers will find worthy of perusal.

The most important thing that I can say about the Current is that it cannot succeed unless people read it and participate in the conversation, there. So, if you've got the space in your schedule to add it to your daily (or hourly) routine, please do so. I'll be covering many more events, delving into a greater number of policy issues, breaking stories, interviewing people, and even digging a bit more deeply into blog content than I've been able to do here for quite some time.

As to Anchor Rising: This site will continue, and I will continue as administrator. As I've been joking in person, it would take more work to hand it off than to simply keep the habits up. Even my frequency of posts may not change very much. The Current has replaced my carpentry; it may conceivably create an opening for even greater participation in the AR community. What content, when, how, where, why... well, that's something that will have to work itself out over the coming months.

And the greatest benefit of it all may be that the other contributors will have reason to grow to fill the space, as they've so often proven themselves talented enough to do. We're ankle deep in the election year, and our state, nation, and world are staring at a long hallway of unknowns, so there's plenty to say, to research, and to debate.

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Congratulations. Wow, a full-time paying gig. Must be stoked. I'll be reading it for sure.
Now the callouses on your palms will heal only to be replaced by new ones on your fingertips, which I'm sure you much prefer!

Posted by: bob at February 28, 2012 1:13 AM

I wish you the best success with your new venture. I still firmly believe that Rhode Island is a hopeless case, but I'm glad that, while so many others have fled, there are thoughtful and diligent people like you left in the state to document the decline for other states and future generations.

I'll add The Current to my routine once it gets into full swing. One thing I will suggest, for the most selfish of reasons, is creating a weekly, biweekly, or monthly downloadable "podcast" with a guest or interviewee that lasts betwen 20-60 min. I can't read a blog on my walk to work in the morning, but I can listen (and EconTalk only comes out once a week).

Posted by: Dan at February 28, 2012 8:53 AM


Posted by: mangeek at February 28, 2012 1:17 PM

Looking forward to more!

Posted by: michael at February 28, 2012 3:30 PM

Good to see your talent and time appreciated. Congratulations!

Posted by: riborn at February 29, 2012 4:51 PM
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