In 2004, Zennie Abraham, just a couple of years removed from his time as Economic Advisor to two Mayors of Oakland, Elihu Harris and Jerry Brown, started Oakland’s first blog, Oakland Focus.
Since then, Zennie’s started Oakland’s first YouTube Partner Channel Zennie62 in 2006, then Zennie62Media, a network of his Blogger.com and WordPress blogs and social media platforms featuring Zennie62.com and three other Oakland-related blogs.
Zennie62Media has been everywhere, including San Diego Comic Con 9 straight times, CES Las Vegas 9 straight times, the 2008 and 2012 Democratic National Conventions, two Presidential Inaugurations, The Night of 100 Stars Oscars Party from 2009 to 2017, Wonder Con, , the NFL Draft and NFL Owners Meetings for 14 straight years, the launch parties for Twitter and for Reddit, several TechCrunch Disrupt events including 2010 where he recorded this famous Mark Zuckerberg interview on privacy, and has been on the White House Press List since 2012.
But, rather than find a new way to advance blogging content technology, Zennie decided to settle down and make a standard news blog. Nothing fancy: no aggregation engine installed. Just a clean, modern look, and an easily readable text and layout. Welcome to Oakland News Now.
What Is Oakland News Now?
Oakland News Now’s objective is to be what Oakland has lacked for some time: a news blog website about the World with Oakland at the center Here, readers can learn what City of Oakland departments are doing, what is on the mind of residents, who’s running for what office and why, and more. All on a daily basis.
We also feature several blogger voices, not just one. A person running for office is invited to post their press release here, in their name – so it’s that candidate’s voice, and not that of Oakland News Now / Zennie62Media.
But, to be sure, Oakland News Now is not in any way a “hyper-local” site. We cover any news that we determine is of interest to and / or relevant to our reader base. Oakland and the San Francisco Bay Area is our home, but America and the World, politics, news, sports, and tech is our interest.
Oakland News Now is a mix of the media of yesterday, when a local newspaper had nation and international headline news, than fed traffic to local stories, and the state-of-the-art tech of today, featuring an innovative video-to-blog-to-news distribution network system.
Oakland News Now Editorial PolicyZennie62Media, and Oakland News Now within it, is a for-profit, independent news organization. We generate revenue for our work via advertising, content distribution and marketing, and sponsored content. Our decisions about what to write about and investigate, as well as our conclusions, are guided by our individual bloggers and vloggers. Thus, more often than not, you may see opposing views on the same topic. While Zennie62Media’s intent is to determine the truth, we will occasionally make mistakes. When we do, we work to rapidly correct our errors so that our readers can get the real story. If you spot an error, please alert us via an email.
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