Kingstonist’s Community Soapbox

community soapbox, Kingston, OntarioWhen Kingstonist was conceived, we decided that it was vital for our contributors to reflect the city’s population at large, which is to say that we wanted to attract a diverse team from a variety of walks of life.  While we’ve had our fair share of challenges in recruiting and retaining talented individuals, we’re proud of our continued progress as well as our current standing.  Furthermore, we also set out to develop so that the community could provide honest feedback and participate in ongoing conversations.  Again, we’ve made considerable improvements to the commenting system, making it increasingly easier for people to sound off and share their thoughts.  We’re continuously asking ourselves: “where do we go from here” and “how can we develop the site to better reflect the local community?”

From time to time Kingstonist receives Emails from our readers who send in tips on breaking news, letters to the editor, as well as their thoughts regarding a hot topic within the Limestone City.  For the longest time we’ve struggled to steer these messages in an appropriate direction, which has resulted in us taking on one-time contributors, and asking people to simply submit essay-length comments to a previously published article.  Recently, we decided that it was time to reach out to our readers and create a formal mechanism that will allow us to feature their opinions on the site.  Without further ado, it gives me great pleasure to unveil Kingstonist’s community soapbox!

If you’ve got something to say that doesn’t necessarily fit as a comment, but you’re not looking to apply to become a regular contributor, then Kingstonist’s soapbox is definitely for you.  As this new project takes shape, the hope is that we’ll eventually receive enough submissions to make it a weekly feature.  If you’re interested in standing on top of Kingstonist’s soapbox, please submit your edited, spell checked, non-discriminatory, Kingston-centric submissions to us here.  We can’t promise that each and every submission will be published, but we do promise to give everyone, regardless of opinion, a fair shot at being featured.

Thanks and credit for the original photo by kimba, which was made awesome with a little something we like to call Sir John originalit-A.

Harvey Kirkpatrick

Harvey Kirkpatrick is Kingstonist's Co-Founder. His features curiously explore urban planning, what if scenarios, the local food scene and notable Kingstonians. Loves playing tourist and listening to rap music. Learn more about Harvey...

3 thoughts on “Kingstonist’s Community Soapbox

  • Lately I've been a poor contributor, at best. So this is a great way for me, and others to get their OpEd's published. Question (moreso for everyone else's sake): will Kingstonist be accepting anonymous contributions, or are real or nick names required?

    • That's a really great question. We certainly hope that people send in submissions that they're willing to put their real names behind. However, that may not always be possible and it also sets a double standard, so we'll certainly entertain nicknames. Having said that, I'd prefer nicknames for folks who're regularly participate in conversations by commenting on the site, as opposed to new-er strangers.

  • I thought it went without saying, but just to clarify, submissions for the soapbox are going to be published. If you don't want your piece published, please don't make a soapbox-related submission. Otherwise if you have a news tip, event posting or an unrelated comment, please send it to either Isabel or myself. We'll get the hang this…sooner or later.

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