LANSING, Mich. — For the first time in 17 years, FOX 47 is producing its own local news. We have launched a new era of news with one goal in mind - to focus on what matters in the neighborhoods of mid-Michigan.
You will find our amazing team of journalists spread out across the area to prioritize every neighborhood in Mid-Michigan.
We went out into the community to see how people felt about it.
Atalie Buycks is the owner of Thriftique in REO Town. She was born and raised in Lansing and has owned her business for 12 years.
“I love that idea. I think that’s amazing. You will certainly get a more nitty gritty or a more personable feel I think to what’s happening in your neighborhood. That’s going to be important to the masses,“ Buycks said.
Victoria Patellos is a freshman at Michigan State University. She wants to make sure students are represented in our coverage.
"I think a lot of people assume news is for adults and so, when there’s someone dedicated to talking to students, I think that’s really progressive and it’s going to help students see the change they want,” Patellos said.
When we say we're focusing on your neighborhoods, we do mean everyone in mid-Michigan. From Lansing all the way to Jackson.
Joe Gebhardt is our Jackson and Hillsdale counties neighborhood reporter.
“It means that I’m actually able to dig in and be more in-depth with my reporting in Jackson. I am from Jackson so for me it’s a pleasure to be able to go out and talk to the people,” Gebhardt said.
Mikayla Temple is our East Lansing, Haslett, Okemos, Williamston and Webbervile neighborhoods reporter. She too grew up here.
"I think that there’s a lot of people within the neighborhoods that need to have their stories told. There’s a lot of people who don’t have a voice and that’s what we’re here for,” Temple said.
We also have Gabi Dunham, who is dedicated to Michigan State University.
“Once you get to meet our reporters, once you get to talk to us face to face you realize all we want to do is tell your stories,” Dunham said.
We will be telling all of your stories Mid-Michigan. The fun stories, the stories where we hold people accountable and the stories that get a little emotional.
And when we say our news team is dedicated to you we don't just mean our reporters. There are people behind the scenes, too. Like our morning show producer Rebecca Agnew.
“I like It coming from a background of working in a more traditional news station that sometimes gets overwhelmed with like national news and stuff like that. I think honing in our community and reporting on the things that they want us to report on is really special and very unique,” Agnew said.
“When I turn on FOX 47, I want to see good news. I want to see uplifting stories. I want to hear examples and see examples of us getting together to make the community stronger and happier for everyone,” said Christopher Muschong of DeWitt.
Ralph Matt of Lansing said he wants to see "people of interest stories, stories like that because I watch the nightly news, so I get the world news through that. But in our community and what’s going on here at MSU, we like to find out through our local news."
We hear you mid-Michigan and please continue to give us feedback.
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