October 22, 2008
As has been reported by the media and other experts the mortgage crisis is, and continues to be, one of the root causes of the current financial meltdown. As a way of responding to the mortgage crisis KETC has been working to connect individuals in the St. Louis community with foreclosure prevention resources through a network of trusted community partners AND highlight the impacts of the mortgage crisis on the St. Louis region. In order to get the word out we have created content on-air, online, and in the community. We have aired various Facing the Mortgage Crisis specials and we have been facilitating community presentations.
Now it is time for us to take the work to a different level. Throughout the first four and half months of the project we have been struggling with how to get our on-air content, which is all available online through this site, out into the web community. We’ve a number of conversations about this, but until today we had no idea to do it. In a conversation with Rob Paterson, social media guru, and one of my colleagues we determined that it’s as simple as asking people for help. I guess sometimes the best option is the one staring you right in the face. We feel that it’s important for us to get our content out in the web community because connecting people to resources requires that we reach people where they are.
So, I am writing this post asking YOU to help us get the word out. We need all of you who are reading this right now to take the content on this site and send it to your family, friends, colleagues, etc. One of the unique aspects of the mortgage crisis is that many who are in trouble never seek assistance. I’ve heard stories of people not realizing that their next-door neighbor had been foreclosed on until after the property was sold. So please, as you look through the site find some specific videos, articles, etc that resonate with you and send them out to all those in your networks; this is incredibly important. As we have seen with the financial collapse of the last few weeks we are all in this together and as a result we must respond together.
Thanks for your continued support!
All of the KETC Staff
PS: If you, or anyone you know, has a story that you wish to share either on camera or off please watch this video.