By Ryan Yousefi
In the last decade, Talk Media has emerged as a beacon of hyper-local journalism in a digital age dominated by conglomerates.
Starting with South Florida publications like Tamarac Talk, Coral Springs Talk, and Parkland Talk and extending its reach with Coconut Creek Talk and Margate Talk, Talk Media has carved an indelible mark in local coverage.
Since its inception in 2011, the online publications haven’t been mere news sources. They’ve woven themselves into the very essence of the communities.
To further refine its offerings, Talk Media asked its avid readership, “How can we improve our local news service?”
The response was overwhelming, revealing the depth of appreciation — and suggestions for improvements residents have.
Readers, including Debbie M., Brianne A., Yovanna O., and Pamela L., felt the publications were impeccable in their current form, emphasizing the timely and relevant news updates.
Tiffani T asked for more videos. “I love that you guys do editorials and allow the authors to put their own actual opinions as well instead of just being neutral on certain things. Keep doing that!”
Ken D. pointed out Talk Media’s uncanny ability to spotlight stories often overlooked by mainstream outlets. Meanwhile, Rashonda H. extolled the high-quality investigative journalism.
Joe S’s testimony reaffirmed the value of accessible content. Talk Media kept him informed about everything local that he never sees anywhere else and doesn’t have a paywall like the Sun-Sentinel.
Emphasizing the deep local connection, Alexandra T. said, “I also like getting info on events happening in the area.”
Leslie F and Ruth F requested more uplifting news, highlighting the importance of positive stories in today’s turbulent times.
Steve F, Claire N, Richard B, and Michelle C celebrated the publication’s “local feel” and diverse topics.
Feedback also extended beyond content. Irene C. saw value in leveraging platforms like Nextdoor, while Sam A. advocated exploring platforms like TikTok and Instagram Reels.
Billie C. and Linda S. highlighted the importance of consistent updates, especially on weekends.
From a digital standpoint, Tammy G. was keen on providing an ad-free browsing experience. Lorraine D. voiced a need for more senior-focused content, suggesting an opportunity to serve a broader demographic.
Steve F, Claire N, Rashonda H, and Karla N all underscored the publications’ localized approach, with Karla adding, “Whenever I’ve needed or wanted to look up news, I come here.”
Such feedback, both laudatory and constructive, showcases Talk Media’s important role in its communities. It’s clear that as they celebrate over a decade, their commitment to local journalism remains unwavering.
- Ryan Yousefi has lived in Coral Springs for over 30 years. He has worked as a writer for multiple outlets over the years, including the Miami New Times where he has covered sports and culture since 2013. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in Business Healthcare Management from Western Governors University.
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