Plateau Daily News is a free-online news source focused on the Highlands and Cashiers area. My name is Brian O’Shea and I am the Publisher/Editor. I began Plateau because I feel there’s an easier and faster way to disseminate information to those who live and work in this community. Whether it’s creating awareness for an issue, highlighting an event that supports a cause, public service announcements that are time sensitive, or the results of a local sports game, all of this can be posted at the push of a button. I want Plateau to be a reference point of information in your home, office, and while you’re on the move.
I try to keep Plateau’s readers up-to-date of all that is happening; the good, the bad, and the ugly. A lot of what I cover is positive as there are so many organizations dedicated to helping the community. Sometimes things can get a little dicey with some hot-button issues, but I feel one of the best ways to tackle these issues as a community is to be as informed as possible. I live on Main Street in Highlands, things like bears making the rounds each night knocking over trash cans affects me. The beautification proposals discussed at the Board of Commissioners meetings affect me. I follow issues that affect myself and my readers closely, and by using Plateau as a platform I can instantaneously spread this information as soon as it happens.
I do not play favorites. If I add an item in the Calendar that promotes a business offering $2 tacos, I’m not endorsing that business; I’m endorsing $2 tacos, or live music, or half-off chicken wings. Frankly, if there’s an establishment in my area that offers this or other great deals, I want to know about it, and I feel my readers should as well.
Covering the community I live in allows me to hear feedback and see the results of my work, and that makes me better at what I do. All of your feedback is appreciated, and I want to thank you for all your comments on Plateau, social media, emails, texts, and phone calls. The interaction established with Plateau’s readership is incredible and I often adjust the site accordingly. Most people in the area know me and I’m an approachable guy. If you have anything you would like me to look into covering, don’t hesitate to ask.
I look at the number of visitors, views, and shares each day and see what readers can’t get enough of, and things they could do without. Oftentimes they are not what you expect, but I’ll leave it at that.
There is no letter to the editor page because readers are free to comment on each post. It’s ok to comment and share your opinion; your computer will not explode if you click “Leave a Reply.” I ask that you please remain respectful to all parties involved in the issue under discussion.
I am the name and the face of Plateau Daily News, but I am not involved in this alone. I work in collaboration with multiple entities throughout the community who have all been incredibly supportive, and I appreciate each of you and thank you so much for your efforts.
A little about me…
I have worked in newspapers for over 10 years, I was the editor of several magazines covering the latest innovative military technologies, and spent 5 years working for the federal government writing articles on cancer research at the National Cancer Institute just outside of Washington D.C. That may look pretty neat on paper, but I feel I’ve had the greatest impact throughout my career in community journalism. I hear feedback everywhere I go regarding my articles, some positive and some negative. I hear how a story raised awareness of something that turned out to have better than expected attendance, or a fundraiser raised more than anticipated, or someone didn’t go down the mountain because they learned about a wreck on the Gorge Road. When I covered military technology, I would never bump into the admiral in charge of U.S. submarine acquisition at the grocery store telling me “Hey, great article on the new Virginia class submarine, Brian.”
My contact information is at the end of each article or on our Contact Us page. Any news, calendar events, feedback, critiques, comments, please share them with me and we can work together on the best way to present your concern to Plateau’s readers.