You can be an Observer!

I’m not a professional writer. Many of the people who have written articles for the Observer are not professional writers. They are simply people in our community who have something to share with the rest of us. That’s what I think is so great about the Observer project. It’s an open forum where people from all walks of life can communicate ideas, viewpoints and information.

The point I’m getting at is that you (yes, YOU, really) can write for the Observer, too. Anybody who lives or works in Westlake or Bay and has a story to tell or an idea to express can be a part of this community project. You don’t have to be an experienced writer or an influential member of society. The Observer gives an equal voice to everyone who participates.

I write because I believe in the concept of a community-owned, citizen-written news source and I want to get others involved. Others may write because they attended a fun event, have an opinion about a community topic, or simply want to share their knowledge about a particular subject. This is intended to be a fun project that brings the community together. It’s not The Wall Street Journal, so don’t be intimidated. If you have a passion for something, share it with the community. If there’s a local topic or issue that you feel deserves more attention, write about it. If you disagree with an argument posed by another writer, submit your own response. Or if you want to write because you just like writing, we invite you to join in.

And it doesn’t end there! You don’t have to write a story to get involved - take a picture of a local setting or event, share a favorite recipe or submit an original drawing. If it’s of interest to the community, it’s fit to print!

All you have to do is go to the Observer website at and sign up in the Member Center. From there, you can submit stories and/or upload photos to be published right here in the newspaper and on the website. We’re here to assist you in any way we can. If you need help with anything from using the Member Center to deciding what to write about, give us a call at (440) 409-0114 or send me an email at
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Volume 1, Issue 2, Posted 12:54 PM, 09.06.2009