The Kewaunee County Comet is creating community journalism
10

patrons

$53
per month
There’s a classic scene in the great movie about journalism Citizen Kane. Charles Foster Kane has just purchased the great New York Inquirer and scribbles a Declaration of Principles that appears on the front page of the first edition under his watch:

“I will provide the people of this city with a daily paper that will tell all the news honestly. I will also provide them with a fighting and tireless champion of their rights as citizens and as human beings.”

Of course the film is about how he didn’t live up to those principles. It’s hard to imagine someone who could. But they represent a noble ideal to pursue.

Kewaunee County is in need of a news outlet that will tell all the news honestly and accurately. It’s a big job, but that’s the goal here.

There is no agenda on this website except, as the witness oath says, to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help me God.

I recently looked at something I’d written a year ago, about what a TV newscast might look like if the goal wasn’t to chronicle every conflict and bad thing that had happened in the world in the last 24 hours, and a phrase came to my mind:

I am looking for a journalism that isn’t trying to present the worst possible light.


I can’t change modern journalism all by myself. But I can be that journalist.

There is conflict in Kewaunee County, although people are coming together as people do when there’s a community challenge. The biggest challenge is about groundwater contamination, where it came from and how to fix it.

When I sat down and talked with John Pagel in his office, all I sensed was a guy who wanted to run the best dairy operation he could muster. When I sat down on Lynn Utesch’s porch, all I sensed was a guy who wanted the same. I didn’t see heroes or villains. I saw men who love their homes and want to do right by them.

If you see a hero or a villain in my news stories, I didn’t set out to declare anyone as such. If the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth leads you to conclude one thing or another, well, that’s what journalism is all about.

But my goal here is to present each person’s viewpoint in the best and most accurate light possible. The rest is up to you as a reader and a citizen. I’m just the witness.

Most of the time, though, this is a community working together, and that’s also what this page is all about.

Welcome to the Kewaunee County Comet.

All Patreon supporters will get regular exclusive previews of what’s coming up in the Comet via patron-only posts, along with “State of the Comet” reports to keep you apprised of the progress of your local news outlet’s growth.

Many Patreon creators offer incentives to people who pledge in larger amounts – extra goodies and exclusive content. I’ll be honest, I haven’t figured out what to offer people who pledge $5 or $10 a month as opposed to $2 a month – other than you’ll give me a greater incentive to work as hard as I can to keep you up to date on what’s happening in Kewaunee County. For now, those extra gifts are “to be announced.”

The mission is to tell the story of Kewaunee County – to share its voices and celebrate its heritage, its challenges, its solutions, its cherished past and its brightest future.

Warren Bluhm
Editor & publisher
Tiers
Basic backer
$2 or more per month 3 patrons
Keep the coffee pot brewing

Includes
  • Get regular exclusive previews of what’s coming up in the Comet
  • “State of the Comet” reports on your local news source's progress
Lighthouse keeper
$5 or more per month 6 patrons
Keep the lights on in the newsroom

Includes
  • Get regular exclusive previews of what’s coming up in the Comet
  • “State of the Comet” reports on your local news source's progress
KC Comet Patron
$10 or more per month 4 patrons
True believers in community journalism

Includes
  • Get regular exclusive previews of what’s coming up in the Comet
  • “State of the Comet” reports on your local news source's progress
Goals
$53 of $100 per month
Cover basic costs like website hosting, gasoline for traveling to and from stories, and keeping the wolves from the door.
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There’s a classic scene in the great movie about journalism Citizen Kane. Charles Foster Kane has just purchased the great New York Inquirer and scribbles a Declaration of Principles that appears on the front page of the first edition under his watch:

“I will provide the people of this city with a daily paper that will tell all the news honestly. I will also provide them with a fighting and tireless champion of their rights as citizens and as human beings.”

Of course the film is about how he didn’t live up to those principles. It’s hard to imagine someone who could. But they represent a noble ideal to pursue.

Kewaunee County is in need of a news outlet that will tell all the news honestly and accurately. It’s a big job, but that’s the goal here.

There is no agenda on this website except, as the witness oath says, to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help me God.

I recently looked at something I’d written a year ago, about what a TV newscast might look like if the goal wasn’t to chronicle every conflict and bad thing that had happened in the world in the last 24 hours, and a phrase came to my mind:

I am looking for a journalism that isn’t trying to present the worst possible light.


I can’t change modern journalism all by myself. But I can be that journalist.

There is conflict in Kewaunee County, although people are coming together as people do when there’s a community challenge. The biggest challenge is about groundwater contamination, where it came from and how to fix it.

When I sat down and talked with John Pagel in his office, all I sensed was a guy who wanted to run the best dairy operation he could muster. When I sat down on Lynn Utesch’s porch, all I sensed was a guy who wanted the same. I didn’t see heroes or villains. I saw men who love their homes and want to do right by them.

If you see a hero or a villain in my news stories, I didn’t set out to declare anyone as such. If the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth leads you to conclude one thing or another, well, that’s what journalism is all about.

But my goal here is to present each person’s viewpoint in the best and most accurate light possible. The rest is up to you as a reader and a citizen. I’m just the witness.

Most of the time, though, this is a community working together, and that’s also what this page is all about.

Welcome to the Kewaunee County Comet.

All Patreon supporters will get regular exclusive previews of what’s coming up in the Comet via patron-only posts, along with “State of the Comet” reports to keep you apprised of the progress of your local news outlet’s growth.

Many Patreon creators offer incentives to people who pledge in larger amounts – extra goodies and exclusive content. I’ll be honest, I haven’t figured out what to offer people who pledge $5 or $10 a month as opposed to $2 a month – other than you’ll give me a greater incentive to work as hard as I can to keep you up to date on what’s happening in Kewaunee County. For now, those extra gifts are “to be announced.”

The mission is to tell the story of Kewaunee County – to share its voices and celebrate its heritage, its challenges, its solutions, its cherished past and its brightest future.

Warren Bluhm
Editor & publisher

Recent posts by The Kewaunee County Comet

Tiers
Basic backer
$2 or more per month 3 patrons
Keep the coffee pot brewing

Includes
  • Get regular exclusive previews of what’s coming up in the Comet
  • “State of the Comet” reports on your local news source's progress
Lighthouse keeper
$5 or more per month 6 patrons
Keep the lights on in the newsroom

Includes
  • Get regular exclusive previews of what’s coming up in the Comet
  • “State of the Comet” reports on your local news source's progress
KC Comet Patron
$10 or more per month 4 patrons
True believers in community journalism

Includes
  • Get regular exclusive previews of what’s coming up in the Comet
  • “State of the Comet” reports on your local news source's progress