Taking a Moment From This Crazy World to Say Hi to the Viewers of The Cornwall Free News – Jamie Gilcig – March 9, 2011 – Cornwall Ontario

Taking a Moment From This Crazy World to Say Hi to the Viewers of The Cornwall Free News – Jamie Gilcig – March 9, 2011 – Cornwall Ontario

Cornwall ON – Have you ever had one of those weeks?  You know the kind where you feel your on one of those airport motorized walkways, only that’s it’s going faster and faster and you can’t jump off?

I guess the choice is to enjoy the scenery and the wind in your hair or stress out 🙂

A lot is happening around here.  A lot of stories, material and oddness creeping around and rumbling; like Solar Flares just not as ….

Yesterday was International Women’s Day.   Most of you reading these words are women so an extra cheer to all of you for helping support us by viewing, and I’m hoping you’re all thanking our sponsors by visiting their websites and where possible using their products and services as they pay the bills to keep us going.

According to our demographics Women 35-44 are our number one viewers at 17%.  It was nice to see more women posting recently.  Normally it feels like it’s cranky old guys that do most of the commenting, not that there’s anything wrong with cranky old men….

But I digress.

We’ve only done one Charlie Sheen story.   There’s so much material there, but what interests me is that like any car wreck it’s the gawker’s that fascinate me.

I mean would Charlie be getting all this attention if there wasn’t interest? Are many of us hypocrites in that we will comment and pooh pooh the whole event, but still gossip about it and watch the coverage?  It reminds me of a local drama aired out recently that had a tremendous amount of traffic on our site.   Staggering and surprising especially as it was never meant to be a traffic type story.

While I’m taking this intimate moment to chat with all of you, to interrupt our daily flow of news, I wanted to comment on a few tid bits.    One of the biggest criticism the CFN gets is that we’re not a traditional newspaper.  It’s usually by failed journalism students working in fast food restaurant or anything other than journalism and it’s slung with passion and …..soemething.

Well what can I say?  In The Social Networking movie the main character keeps saying “We don’t know what this is yet..” and I feel that way too about this site.   Is it a true newspaper?  Is it a message board?   Is it trash or class?  Adam Brazeau loves to call us TMZ, but TMZ is one awfully popular and successful media site in its own right and surely more successful than anything Mr. Brazeau has worked on or probably ever will until he learns how to use spell check.

Media is forever changing.   When I started The Cornwall Free News the focus was on the word “Free” and the goal was not to cover the same old same old in the same way.   I think in many wasy I’ve achieved my goals.   It’s funny…when the paper started people would contact and connect with me.  There was this personal connection via a very public medium.    People don’t know me as a person; they only have the snippets from what I print here.

Now, with over 30,000 people viewing per month from all over the world never mind the country I still get emails and calls and people feel they know me.   I kinda like that.

So I think it’s time to end this chat.   The big news here is that we’re about to have a name change, but that’s for another chat.   If you could change our name from The Cornwall Free News, what would you change it to?   You can post your comments below and thanks to each and every single one of you; fried or foe, for making us the fastest growing media site in Canada.

Jamie Gilcig, your editor of The Cornwall Free News

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21 Comments on "Taking a Moment From This Crazy World to Say Hi to the Viewers of The Cornwall Free News – Jamie Gilcig – March 9, 2011 – Cornwall Ontario"

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Grimalot
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“.soemething.” you were saying about spell check? 😉

Sarah
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Maybe you should take it easy criticising others, Mr. Gilcig. From what I can see in this article, spell-checking is a skill that escapes not only Mr. Brazeau.

Roy Berger
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You web site is like ten points of light coming off our ears. You have an understanding of conscience thought that vibrates like meteorites playing gangster rap in our heads. If Sally and I could share with you the view that the Sahara is a mass of granulated sand all inscribed with the jaws of life. If we could tell you Sally’s speech would be so loud, your hair would turn royal purple with the hope of thousands as we march forth to rally, yes rally our microbial pals from the red planet – it would come as a great… Read more »
Bailey
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I absolutely love how a few of these “failed journalism students” have attempted to leave comments about this, but you decline them. So sad. I get it, if “no one” comments, then you must be right! Wow, Gilcpig. Good job.

Bailey
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Standards? Well, I believe these standards are sub-par… considering the filth you post here.

Bailey
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I believe I attempted to leave a comment yesterday about your opinion of Adam Brazeau. What do you have against him, and journalism graduates for that matter? Are you jealous that we have been trained professionally? And who are these grads working in fast food? Did you know that journalism is the hardest field to get into? And so what if they are working in a restaurant. At least they are working.
And now you’re bring up people on medication? You are a sad little man.

Furtz
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Filth?

antagonizer
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Jamie, censorship is the bitterest pill of all, and the CFN is an open pharmacy. If “local politicians” can’t give interviews that stand the light of critical response, then they shouldn’t be in politics. The internet is a brilliant medium for voicing one’s opinions without reprisal, because IT’S ANONYMOUS. You can actually speak your mind, without someone with the opposite view fanatically stalking your facebook page, or spamming your email simply because they don’t like what you say. You’re actually using that as a threat to prevent people from speaking their true thoughts knowing full well they may fear reprisal… Read more »
Standup
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You know it’s funny but I’ve never had my posts rejected before. I’ve called out the admin on a few occasions and he’s printed my comments. I’ve called out a few others on this board too and he’s printed those comments as well. Others have taken shots at me and those comments have been printed. (Which is only fair). I fully expect THIS comment to be posted. Some of the things people have written on this page had to have gone through the admin and they don’t all paint him with a pretty brush. I am not sure what the… Read more »
Mari
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First and foremost, I do not agree with airing one’s own dirty laundry on a news website. Nor do I commend trashing people personally in print. However, other than the Adam Brazeau attack, nowhere in this story states that the “journalism student failures” Mr. Glicig is referring to are from St. Lawrence College. I am a graduate of the journalism program at St. Lawrence College and I did not take offence. I know Jamie personally and I respect him. I may not agree with Mr. Gilcig’s news ethics, but I have to admit that he does get peoples juices flowing.… Read more »
Roy Berger
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Adam Brazeau is a good and reasonable person. He is a success. I would be glad to lend him some typewriter ribbon and carbon paper any time. The journalism program at St. Lawrence College inspires, educates and promotes skills and thought. Markus Noe is a very impressive and skilled writer who puts out with terrific speed. We’d be lucky to read more by him. I miss him.

Furtz
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I’ve had a one or two posts blocked by Jamie, and that’s just fine. It’s his site, and the posters are his guests. I get pretty nasty when responding to the preacher, maybe too nasty at times. He’s over at the Freeholder today bashing Muslims. He likes to spread his hate in different places.

Stan
Member

Furtz it’s funny you mention Pastor Tom’s letter in the Standard-Freeholder today. I think it’s the very first time that I have ever agreed to something that the good pastor has said. We don’t need Sharia Law, we have our own Canadian laws here in Canada and they are effective. Saying that is not hate!

Furtz
Member

Well Stan, maybe you should should join the preacher’s cult just to be safe. We have Canadian law that works pretty well, but isn’t perfect. There is Shariah law that’s seems pretty brutal, depending on it’s interpretation, and we have the preacher’s law, that is absolutely brutal. The preacher is just carrying on with his obsession with other people’s beliefs, firmly believing that HIS way is the ONLY way, and anyone who believes otherwise will roast in hell.