Johns Creek Herald Interviews Johns Creek Post
Hatcher Hurd, editor of the Johns Creek Herald sent the following questions. Below are our responses:
ONE: What do you see as the role of the Johns Creek Post in the community?
Johns Creek does not have a dedicated source of news to inform the residents of the important information. Over the years we have noticed that the JC Herald omits or does not fairly represent local issues and events that we have seen occur at City Council Meetings. We feel it is important to provide another perspective for the residents.
TWO: Do you see Johns Creek Post as an alternative source to the community to tell what the city council is doing?
We are considered the SOLE SOURCE for information regarding the city. JCP is the only site that posts videos, contracts, zoning cases etc. Most other news outlets repeat the press releases of the city verbatim.
The City of Johns Creek has a 4 full-time staff dedicated to informing the residents of what they want and how they want the residents to perceive things.
As long-term invested homeowners, it is our duty and privilege to inform residents of potential issues and ongoings that would impact our quality of life and home values.
We provide a different perspective especially on important issues that affect how the City will look and feel in the future
THREE: You post anonymous messages that are critical of the city or that have what appear to be obviously phony names (Michaela Badker, for example). Do you know the real identities of the people who make these posts? What journalistic standards do you use in printing these posts?
We do not post anonymous messages. We allow anonymous comments as do most websites on the net. I don’t recall a commenter on the JCP website with that name.
The CIty of Johns Creek allows Michaela Badker (whoever that is) to comment on the City’s facebook page. You should direct that question at the City Staff.
FOUR: People have complained that when the post rebuttals to claims made in other posts, you take them down right away. Why do this? Wouldn’t it be better have those responses on the record?
First, you are assuming the JCP take down people’s rebuttals. We do not.
We would also like to point out that the Johns Creek Herald is under no obligation to post Letters to the Editor. It is safe to say that both the Johns Creek Post and Johns Creek Herald do not post libelous and defamatory content
FIVE: Some have said they don’t respond to posts on your site because they are afraid of “retaliation” in the form of cyberbullying or cyber harassment. What is your response to those allegations?
That is why we allow anonymous comments. It is the Residents who are afraid of retaliation from the City for speaking out about issues.
Ironically, those that have been complaining the most in the public arena have used aliases to post attacks not only against the JCP but other Council Members as well on the Johns Creek Post. We find the hypocrisy rather disturbing and unprofessional, especially from an elected official.
Jennifer Jensen is a strong advocate for a responsible, citizen-centric government. As an environmentalist and proponent for improving the quality of life in Johns Creek, she frequently speaks out against over-development, visual pollution, and compounding traffic.
She is best known for stopping critical issues within the City such as the 400 foot Super Tower, toxic roadkill dumpster, Michigan Thru-turns and 6 Lane widening of Medlock Bridge Rd.