Short version: I joined a couple of made in USA groups on social media. It’s part of my political activism. The federal government is incompetent and disconnected with the people of this country. As time goes by, states will assert their own rights more, and we will need our own areas to be strengthened. I was in a few stores talking to them about made in USA products; when I realized that this was a perfect way for anyone to introduce themself. They know that I’m posting their store information online in a positive way, so it’s a great way to break the ice. Not only that, but it helps local businesses grow, and develops community cohesion.
So be a reporter, it’s easy! You don’t even need to have a website or be employed by a news agency. Just say that you’re a member of a group on a site, or a member of the site; and that you’re looking for products made in the USA, or products made locally. Then post it! See? You’re a reporter.
Longer version: I started this paper last year, with the intention of making a regular print edition. Since so many businesses are closed, it would hinder distribution of the paper copy, so I haven’t pursued it diligently.. However, recent events have made me realize the potential of an online version.
These events are in sequence, as follows: The stolen election and wretched deeds of the Federal government. An observation of states making important decisions that are distinct from other states. The realization that as the incompetence grows at the federal level, we will need to strengthen local communities. A desire to boycott goods made in China, and promote goods made in the U.S.
I joined a couple of Made In USA groups at different social media sites. While I was at a local paint store, I learned that they make their own paint as well as have their own stores.
A few days later, I needed to return to the same area, and thought I would stop by a store across the street to see if they had any made in USA products. They do, in fact it appeared the entire inventory is made in USA. They make and sell rustic furniture for cabins.
Last year, I made this video about finding news. I give examples, and they’re not all local or benign. News leads are around us, see the video for proof. News Lead Video.
So be a reporter, it’s easy! You don’t even need to have a website or be employed by a news agency. Just say that you’re a member of a group on a site, or a member of the site; and that you’re looking for products made in the USA, or products made locally. News and helpful information is all around us, and easy to find. Be a reporter, and post what you found!