7 years ago, I brought a couple of brave young souls into an office above my garage at our home to join me on a mission to celebrate good news in Valparaiso with ValpoLife. The space was small, the plan was brief, the pace was manic. The temperature in the summer was high, but the commitment to disrupt the negative cycle of traditional media and celebrate all that is good was deep. We were naive enough to think we could improve the world around us with our cameras and keyboards.
5 years ago we could not fit any more Lifers in that space, and we moved to a wonderful home in downtown Valpo that seemed even bigger than our dreams. We built a studio, added desks and whiteboard walls, hosted Biz in the Backyard events, hired everyone from soccer moms, journalists, web developers, graphic designers and photographers, to #1StudentNWIs representing high schools across the region. In those years Life grew to include PortageLife, LaPorteCountyLife, and NWIndianaLife, rounding out our region positive news coverage across Lake, Porter, and La Porte counties.
That crazy bunch of good news drivers have published 350,000 photos, published 50,000 articles and posted 50,000 events, produced 1,000 videos, and we share that all with a committed and engaged audience of 60,000 readers, 50,000 Facebook fans, and 18,000 Twitter followers.
When the need once again rose to expand our facilities, we could have gone corporate, high-tech, or fancy, though once again chose to keep true to our start up culture and the home style values that we began with. It is then with great pleasure, pride, and a bit of a twisted sense of humor, that I invite you to come see us at Camp Life: The New Home of the Good News Crew.
Situated on a beautiful property just North of 30 - outside of downtown Valparaiso - on a hill as you enter the city, Camp Life is the new home of our expanded Good News Studio, rooms full of our hard working crew of Lifers, and the hub of positive activity that we will communicate throughout Northwest Indiana and beyond in the years ahead.
Our phone number 219-707-5023, and emails are still the same, but our new address is 951 West Street, Valparaiso, Indiana 46383. Look for the big brown log cabin up on the hill as you come into town, and stop by Camp Life when you have something positive to share.
Thanks for embracing the mission and keeping it real, NWI.