Local journalist joins MicroplexNews to cover features, news, columns

Karen Taylor Photo

West Words

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.

Elrod encourages interested readers to send in story ideas and information to help broaden the scope of the publication: julie@microplexnews or ktaylor@microplexnews.com.

Check out Karen’s first column in West Words

2 Responses to "Local journalist joins MicroplexNews to cover features, news, columns"

  1. Karen Taylor   May 18, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    Please read, respond, critique, and send on to your contacts, asking them to send on to their contacts. We’re looking for a 2 percent response per direct mail standard responses. Thanks so much for your support — Karen

  2. Karen Taylor   May 18, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    Help me spread the word! Our future depends on how many readers we acquire. Please send link to your lists and ask them to send to their lists. We’re trying to create a true viral marketing program here.
    Thanks to all — Karen