Citizen journalist pioneer and blogger

I pioneered Boulder Valley School Board meetings on cable with my own camera and TV show, Eye on the the BVSD. I taped the meetings and aired them with my commentary on three cable systems throughout the Boulder Valley School District for about 3 ½ years. The school board gave me a plaque in June 1997 to recognize my pioneering efforts.

Several years later, I served the Daily Camera, a newspaper in Boulder, Colo., as a member of its editorial advisory board for a few months short of 3 years and as a community columnist for a year. When the Daily Camera offered me a blog, I jumped at the chance and began writing, Community Blog: Consider This. I continue to blog there though the blog that began on the newspaper’s servers is now hosted on with a link from the Daily Camera website.

I started a second opinion blog, Consider This, Too, as a convenient place for all of my published editorial advisory board comments and columns. I blog there also.

I am a wife, a mother, a grandmother, and an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My blog, As Light Shines, is a place where I post my stories and photos of the Boulder Colorado Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and related topics. I maintain a companion photo blog, Photos As Light Shines, where I share additional photos for my stories.

The Boulder Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has approximately 3,000 members in seven local congregations called wards in Boulder, Broomfield, Erie, Lafayette, Louisville and Superior, Colo. A stake is a geographical Church subdivision. The term stake comes from Isaiah 54:2 where the Church is referred to as a tent that is enlarged and strengthened by its stakes. The Boulder Stake Center is located at 701 West South Boulder Road, Louisville, Colo. Visitors are welcome to Sunday worship meetings and weekday activities there and at church buildings throughout the stake.

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One Response to Citizen journalist pioneer and blogger

  1. SecularReason says:

    Shirley, this doesn't seem to be a very active blog. Indeed, I was surprised to see the Camera provide you with a platform for such a blatantly religious perspective…and one so narrow. Tell me, will you be using this venue to repeat your church's demonizing of gay people? Or will this be just the usual Mormon propaganda such as "helping hands" and the like?

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