“It is simply going out with a pen and paper and asking people what’s happening? Why? How? Who? What? Where?,” he said. “It’s really easy and it does involve, you know, getting out from behind your desk and going out and seeing people and finding out information.”
But, he will also admit that just because being a community journalist is not complicated doesn’t mean that it’s not a rewarding or important job.
“Call me crazy, but I think people should and need to know about the news where they live,” he said.
Jackman launched The State of NoVA in 2011 to cover the news in the Virginia suburbs immediately outside of Washington, D.C. — the City of Alexandria and Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties.
“I’ve been based in Fairfax County for 14 years for the Post, covering cops and courts and various other stuff, big stories, little stories,” he said. “And I grew up in Fairfax County and I know a lot of people who are actually from there. I think the target audience really is the people that are from Northern Virginia.”
Recent stories by Jackman have focused on drinking water in Fairfax and a new baseball stadium in Loudoun. These types of stories may only affect people in those particular communities, but they have a huge impact on those readers.Continue Reading …