The NBA Finals are underway, and not surprisingly, they don’t involve the Milwaukee Bucks. But there’s still some buzz about basketball around town. The Bucks will have the second pick in the upcoming NBA draft, and the team’s new owners have made a big effort to connect with the city’s fan base.
"They seemed very very comfortable – not just with Milwaukee and Milwaukee fans, but with selling their vision of the Bucks to those people," says Magner.
There are a lot of human inventions, like philosophy and religion that attempt to answer the big questions: Why are we here? Do we have a purpose? Why are we so unhappy so much of the time? What does it mean to be a Boston Red Sox fan when they actually win the World Series? And do we have the capacity to change?
The online media source Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service has been operating for three years, with support from places such as the Zilber Neighborhood Initiative, United Neighborhood Centers of Milwaukee, and Marquette University.
Among outlet’s missions has been to cover hyperlocal neighborhood stories that are often missed by larger publications with broader scopes.
But has that ambition been realized? And how does the Neighborhood News Service itself figure into the work of community building?