OUTREACH. Hey Buzzers! Can you help me get to Jonah Peretti?
He grew up in Oakland and went to the University of Santa Cruz.
Someone here on the Half Moon Bay, Coastside must know him.
Or, you may know someone who knows someone, who knows him?
I just want 30 minutes with Jonah, by Zoom, to see if CBuzz Media, based on the Coastside Buzz model, will help BuzzFeed News capture hyper-local news in order to tell national stories.
CBuzz Media wants to go vertical with BuzzFeed News and be funded by Andreessen/Horowitz, who has also funded BuzzFeed News.
I have created a new grassroots media model (based on CoastsideBuzz.com), called CBuzz Media, that evolves the AP/UPI news gathering model. The content is free (public agency meeting videos, staff reports, press releases). The CBuzz Media model empowers grassroot social media producers to eradicate misinformation, disinformation and fake news. This better informs, engages and connects communities.
CBuzz Media’s mission is to give “Everyone a Voice in their Own Words” and our call to action is “Click, Learn, Think, Act, Vote … Run for Office” so citizens can become civically accountable in their locality.
CBuzz Media wants to go vertical with BuzzFeed News.
Please watch this video pitch (9 min.).
Then, I will give you three narratives that illustrate how having an army of 20,000 Deputy Buzz Officers (DBOs), in small towns, magnifying local issues, will provide BuzzFeed News journalists original source content that they can pick up, add investigative value, take it vertically up the BuzzFeed News media chain, and then redistributed back to the people.
- Posted 5/2022
“Your Local Sewer: An Iceberg Beneath Your Feet”
Massive federal funding is necessary, now, if Americans want Clean Water in the future.
The Federal government funded Water/Sewer infrastructure in the 1970’s (Water Pollution Act and Clean Water Act). After that initial investment, they bailed on any nationwide commitment to Clean Water leaving local jurisdictions with socially unfair and varied business models. Property tax and bond or assessment funding, an inefficient grant hunting business model and under capitalization of utilities leave every American who drinks water in peril.
Build Back Better would have been much easier to pass if every Congressperson and Senator understood the need as a fact.
- Posted 4/2022
“HMB City Councilmember Joaquin Jimenez Asks if Redistricting Committee Can Get Stipend When Consultant was Paid $45k for the 8 Month Process”
In small towns, councils do not get paid much; some have small stipends. Committees and commissions are not paid. Many people can’t afford child care so they can’t campaign and go to the meetings (or Zoom without helping with homework at the same time). So what about childcare, travel, computer and internet stipends and salaries that would help minimum wage workers serve?
CBuzz Media can help teach the nation civic responsibility and the procedures and mechanisms to run for office; every American should have a clear path to run and serve in office. It is not there now.
BuzzFeed News is reaching the next generations. What will it take to get them to run?
- Posted 4/2021
5/2021 from NPR adds context to the confusion.
9/2021 from John Hopkins, 5 months later.
How would this statistically undeniable Stanford presentation, with 700 participants, have helped the country understand, more clearly, and earlier, that Covid is endemic?
All three narratives have national resonance, born from hyper local sources. “Click, Learn, Think, Act, Vote … Run for Office” with no partisanship. Coastside Buzz has been doing it for 8 years.
Jonah, I hope we can Zoom. I have a more detailed pitch that I’d like to go over with you. In 30 minutes you will know whether CBuzz Media is a fit for BuzzFeed News.
I really appreciate your time.
P.S. I loved your “How I Built This” podcast with Guy Roz. It gave me great inspiration. Plus, you are very funny and charming.
Enthusiastically and Optimistically,
Chief Buzz Officer (CBO) of Coastside Buzz