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Modern Cities partners with WJCT to launch The Jaxson

July 9, 2018

The creators of Modern Cities, in association with WJCT Public Broadcasting, are launching The Jaxson, a new website dedicated to urbanism and culture on Florida’s First Coast.

Now live, The Jaxson continues Modern Cities’ focus on urbanism on a hyperlocal level, taking a street-view look at Jacksonville and the First Coast. Through a combination of detailed analysis, innovative storytelling, and original reporting, the Jaxson explores the big issues facing Jacksonville in the modern era of urban growth. Stories cover development, culture, history, and neighborhood issues from the city’s Urban Core and all across the Northeast Florida region.

“Jaxson is a traditional term for someone from Jacksonville,” said editor-in-chief Ennis Davis. “Fittingly, our new website The Jaxson is a place for all those interested in learning about the city’s past and present, and who want a part in shaping its future.”

The team behind The Jaxson - Ennis Davis, Mike Field, Bill Delaney, Dan Herbin, and Kelsi Hasden - are five Jacksonville residents with a variety of professional backgrounds, including urban planning, English studies, web development, and tactical urbanism. The team has decades of collective experience writing and promoting urban issues in print and on the web.

Supported in part by the Jacksonville Downtown Investment Authority, the Jaxson is a multi-media project that also includes interactive events and The Jaxson on WJCT, a weekly 89.9 WJCT-FM radio segment hosted by WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo and featuring Modern Cities commentators.

WJCT is the community-supported public broadcasting station for the First Coast. WJCT offers national and local programming on WJCT-TV, 89.9 WJCT-FM and WJCT.org. WJCT’s mission is to use its unique assets as a resource for citizens to come together to celebrate human diversity, experience lifelong learning, and actively engage in matters of civic importance, all to improve the quality of our lives and our community.

“The Jaxson allows us to bring an important local perspective to the broadest possible audience through a range of media and with a focus on digital. We are delighted to extend our work with the Modern Cities team to this new, ambitious project,” said WJCT CEO David McGowan.

In addition, The Jaxson team is pleased to report that much of the historic content and photo archive associated with MetroJacksonville.com will find a new home at The Jaxson. The forums are coming along, too. Soon, the Metro Jacksonville forums and all the old content will be integrated into the new site. Stay tuned for more updates coming in the near future.

ModernCities.com was launched in 2016, with its founders’ envisioning an online space to discuss urbanism, planning and culture in cities across North America.

Find out more at www.thejaxsonmag.com.

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