• Sharon Carlson

On the Ground Media—A New Source of Local News for Stuart


Would you like to read news articles focusing on the people, businesses, organizations, and events that make our neighborhood unique? On December 21, members of the Stuart board met with the staff from On the Ground (OTG), a program of Issues Media Group, to learn about “solutions-based” journalism and how it may benefit the Stuart neighborhood. This method focuses on issues, neighborhood by neighborhood, finds the champions to address them, and tells the stories of the people, programs, and organizations that are making a positive impact in Kalamazoo.


Stuart joins the Northside, Edison, Eastside, and Vine neighborhoods in this two year old initiative. The OTG Kalamazoo Team includes Managing Editor Kathy Jennings, Project Editor Al Jones, and Engagement Manager Vicky Kettner. Kalamazoo program sponsors include LISC Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo Community Foundation, and WMUK. OTG also seeks writers within the neighborhoods and provides training in journalism basics. Trainings are being planned for early 2021.