POINCIANA — Freeline Media editor Mike Freeman will be the guest speaker on Monday for the members of a civic group working to improve Poinciana and make it a better place to live.
“We are thrilled to have Michael and three of his peers of journalist come out to speak to us on Monday,” said Keith Laytham, president of the organization Poinciana Residents for Smart Change.
Freeman is an Orlando-based journalist whose online magazine, Freeline Media, works tirelessly to bring its worldwide readers current events on local, state and national levels. On Monday at 9:30 a.m. at the Poinciana Public Library, 101 N. Doverplum Ave., he will join a panel of four area journalists who will address this civic group.
Freeman attended Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts from 1982 to 1986, and received his Bachelor’s degree in Communications. During his four years at Hampshire, his focus was on writing, communications, and theater. He received a Master’s degree in Political Communications from George Washington University in Washington D.C. and attended their New York City campus, which had a specialized program called The Graduate School of Political Management. He began his career in his preferred field of study, as a political reporter in Fall River, Massachusetts, something that can be rather challenging for too many graduates today.
Though he started his career in journalism, it does not come as a surprise that tradional print newspaper publications took a nose dive as the Internet grew and the recession for worse. This forced some newspapers to downsize, including The Lakeland Ledger, which Freeman wrote for; but this didn’t stop him. This hiccup prompted Freeman to launch his own business, Freeline Productions LLC, as a writing and editing production company with an online magazine, Freeline Media.
In addition to covering the news, he lectures students who have an interest in journalism and encourages others to find other ways to promote their business in a changing economy, which is one of many reasons why he’s been invited as guest speaker in the ever-growing community of Poinciana.
Poinciana is located between Polk and Osceola counties and is amongst the fastest growing areas in Central Florida. According to The Orlando Sentinel, Poinciana grew 279 percent over the past decade, and is “a very ethincally diverse population.”
“When the residents wake up in the morning, we want them to say ‘I feel good about living here,’ ” Laytham said. The sincerity of wanting Poinciana to be a better place to live can be heard in Laytham’s voice as he speaks of his community and what PRSC seeks to develop and maintain as it grows.
PRSC has been in existence since September 2008 and is a civic group focused on “making Poinciana a better place to live,” Laytham said, by recognizing and implementing projects that can benefit the community, such as promoting Poinciana youth projects and activities, working with counties to improve Poinciana’s public infrastructure, bringing new parks and recreation projects to the community, and a host of other projects all designed to make Poinciana a better community.
Feel free to come out and listen to Freeman’s invigorating presentation on Monday at 9:30 a.m. at the Poinciana Public Library.
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