By Karen Taylor
MicroplexNews Lifestyle Editor
MicroplexNews editor/publisher Julie Elrod announced today expansion of her on-line news medium with the addition of Karen Taylor, a Cisco/Eastland native who has a 40-year career in writing, journalism and public relations.
“We’re excited about this growth move and expect to see a rapid increase in interest and readership,” said Elrod. “Karen knows this area and is a graduate of Eastland High School and Cisco College. She worked on the Eastland County Newspapers during her two years at Cisco College.
“Her years in Dallas, California and New Mexico included prestigious stints working for Gov. Jerry Apodaca, supervising the grand opening of the new Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, launching a real estate news magazine on KRLD Radio in Dallas, and founding three award-winning public relations companies, The Taylor Group, Winslow Taylor Advertising, and Southwest Ink Public Relations.”
The MicroplexNews has focused on area-wide news, local sports activities, and other basic components of a traditional newspaper. Elrod said readers now can expect to see some investigative reporting, news and feature stories.
On-line only, The MicroplexNews covers an enormous chunk of the Big Country – from Strawn and Gordon through Cisco, Eastland and Ranger, and surrounding communities.
“Our vision is a cooperative effort with other local media, as well as the print and broadcast media in Abilene and Fort Worth,” Taylor said. “There is strength in numbers and in friendly competition.
“We’re at a tipping point in journalistic history and how or whether we respond pro-actively and innovatively will determine if print media – newsletters, magazines, etc. – will survive the computerization of life as we know it. How we get our news and how we communicate within our own circles of influence are at a critical juncture.”
Taylor will author a regular human interest column, West Words, as well as contribute feature stories on local people and items of interest. She plans to add a series of feature profiles on local residents and businesses, a focus on photographs, and timely investigative reporting.
Check out Karen’s first column in West Words