Georgia Recorder stories picked up by other outlets – and that’s great

    You’ll see on our “About” page that we view news as a vital community service and believe that government accountability and transparency are valued by all Georgians. The Georgia Recorder welcomes other Georgia news outlets to publish our stories at no cost other than crediting us as the source.

    Sunday, the Valdosta Daily Times published Jill Nolin’s story detailing Georgia Power’s plan to turn trees downed in Hurricane Michael and other wood waste into energy under the headline “Storm-tossed forests fuel biomass energy push,” a headline shortened from last Wednesday’s “Storm-ravaged forests add fuel to biomass energy push” published in the Georgia Recorder. Valdosta is in the area affected by the storm and the newspaper’s editors used a staff photographer’s archived shot of local damage to accompany Nolin’s story.

    Friday, the writers of The Jolt, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution political blog, kindly welcomed the Georgia Recorder to the state’s news community. They used the occasion to point their readers to one of our debut week’s more popular posts, a Beau Evans story about a conservative north Georgia lawmaker who had counterintuitive things to say about his Latino constituents during an event Tuesday in Atlanta.

    If other publications across the state follow suit and share Georgia Recorder stories with their readers, we will count that as a great success.

    Just a few years ago, news outlets across Georgia staffed their own capital bureaus and it was common for several reporters to cover the same legislative committee hearings, press conferences on the Capitol steps and other state policy news.

    The Georgia Recorder aims to help replace the news coverage communities lost while providing the kind of solid news coverage that outlets across the state will be anxious to share with their readers. Not only is taking our stuff and crediting the Georgia Recorder OK. It’s how we’ll know we’re doing good work.

    John McCosh
    John McCosh, Editor-in-Chief, is a seasoned writer and editor with decades of experience in journalism and government public affairs. His skills were forged in Georgia newsrooms, where he was a business and investigative reporter, editor and bureau chief, and expanded his experience during years in nonprofit and corporate communications roles. For more than a decade at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, McCosh investigated state and local government officials and operations. He also tracked regional growth and development with a focus on metro Atlanta’s population-related problems, including traffic congestion, air pollution and water quality. He first learned the power of public records to unlock information when he was a commercial real estate reporter at the Atlanta Business Chronicle. McCosh is a board member of the Georgia First Amendment Foundation and active in the Georgia State Signal Alumni Group, which advises student journalists.

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