COLUMN: Help us shape a new online public policy forum

Wednesday, February 17, 2010 | 6:00 a.m. CST; updated 10:35 a.m. CST, Wednesday, February 17, 2010

To the Fans of the Columbia Missourian:

Have you ever wanted to get involved in local government but didn’t want to run for City Council? Did you ever wonder what might be an alternative to an important piece of local policy, but didn’t know where to look? Or do you just like getting involved in city politics?

If you said yes to any of these questions, then we need you to tell us what you would want to see for an online public policy forum.

Three journalism seniors have partnered with the Reynolds Journalism Institute at MU to create an online forum for educating and engaging the public about legislation in the city and county government. The idea is to provide a place for everyone in the community to go to learn about new policy issues, to discuss and debate what is on the docket, online, all the time.

What is a public policy forum? Well, we hope that it will be a conversation with you, to participate with others about legislation that matters to you. To learn more about policy that affects the entire community.

Learn about new proposals and talk about what is on the city council’s agenda with the people that are actually on the council. But, these are just examples of what we could do. What we really want to know is what you want in an online public policy forum.

So, if you have an interest in this topic or general thoughts, advice or questions in regard to public policy please take a moment and leave a comment. Or e-mail me at All input and suggestions will be taken into account in the design and construction of the site.

Thanks, and please, come join the conversation.

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