MyOwn sites aim to deliver community-driven news from citizens

Last updated: August 31. 2013 11:04PM - 3151 Views
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Civitas Media, The Times Leader’s parent company, is committed to serving its communities and providing relevant news and information through multiple channels. With this in mind, on Monday Civitas Media is launching www.myownwilkesbarre.com and other sites, which are interactive community websites.

The site features hyper-local news and information generated by community residents about area happenings and events.

The MyOwn Wilkes-Barre website is part of a larger effort to deliver community-driven news throughout the region. MyOwn Community websites for Dallas, Pittston, Scranton and Clarks Summit also will launch Monday.

“The MyOwn Community website is based on the town square, or public square, concept,” said Michael Bush, Civitas Media’s president and CEO. “As an amateur historian, I am intrigued by how communities were influenced by the interaction that took place in the town square, or community center, and how important that type of interaction still is today.”

The MyOwn website is a community-specific news, information and engagement platform driven by the most important individuals in Wilkes-Barre: its citizens.

“The MyOwn sites can revolutionize the way neighbors connect with each other and their communities,” Bush said.

“With today’s busy lifestyles it has become more and more difficult for individuals and families to easily maintain the level of daily interaction that keeps a community vibrant,” said Walt Lafferty, The Times Leader’s general manager. “And as the leading source of news and information in Wilkes-Barre, we felt we should find a solution to keep community members involved and active.”

The MyOwn website is an innovative way to find out about and participate in what’s going on near you. The site has been built so that you have plenty of opportunity to share photos, videos and stories, as well play online games, post upcoming events or just see what your neighbors are doing.

“The MyOwn website is the solution the community has been looking for,” Lafferty said. “The MyOwn site will strengthen our community and improve the lives of its residents, but we can’t do it without everyone’s support.”

Wilkes-Barre’s MyOwn website is now available at www.myownwilkesbarre.com. Log in today and see where community comes together.

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