Here at the Pulp, we have been working on something big to enhance our digital model. We’re calling it Pulp Season 1: Talking Points. Each month, our writers will tackle another point of discussion about southern Colorado from various angles and perspectives. We are dedicating March to Pueblo’s 150th anniversary as a city. Sure, other people have touched on the topic, but we are diving deeper – sharing anything and everything that we feel represents the past 150 years in Pueblo with you, the people who have built this city and continue to breathe life into it. Starting this week, join along as we try to discover what it means to be a Puebloan after 150 years. We are going to be exploring, discovering and discussing in real-time what it means to be a Puebloan today.
This new season model is built for one goal — to focus on a few key talking points around a major issue and explore those topics in a deeper, more meaningful way. To produce what audiences want out of media but corporate outlets refuse to do.
To us, this is more than just writing some 5,000 word think piece you will never read on your phone. It’s about exploring a topic in various ways across all our channels. With Pueblo at 150, we are exploring the issue by visually telling the story of the city and its people in engaging and digestible ways. Take a look at our Instagram account as we are currently exploring topics and themes of the early days of Pueblo.
Season 1: Talking Points only works if our audience joins in with us. Maybe we will ask you to share old family photos or fill our a questionnaire. Maybe we will need your perspective and ideas that challenge our preconceived notions on a topic. But we will need the PULP Universe to engage and support. (Hint: the donation button is on the bottom of this page and that funds the writers who tell the stories that drive attention to Southern Colorado.)
So what are the core stories for March?
This week, we are going to focus on the towns that came together to make modern day Pueblo. Madeline Jorden will narrate the history of Pueblo’s formation, highlighting the consolidation of Pueblo, South Pueblo, Central Pueblo, and Bessemer to form the modern day city of Pueblo. As John Rodriguez begins to discuss through his editorial what it means to be a Puebloan today.
Next, Kara Mason will examine how opportunity has evolved in Pueblo over the past 150 years of the city’s history. Patrick McGuire will discuss the ability of southern Colorado to retain its cultural identity in the midst of an age where more and more of the northern Front Range is selling out to corporations in exchange for economical advantage.
Later in the month, Anthony Settipani will speculate what Pueblo’s future will look like based on data pertaining to water shortages. He will also examine Pueblo’s growth and development throughout its history and and propose some potential New Year/New Decade resolutions for the city of Pueblo to make in order for it to become an even better community going forward. And finally, Madison Gill will analyze the unique dynamic of the Steel City becoming 100 percent powered by renewable energy and discuss the feasibility of Pueblo fulfilling its renewable energy commitments based on the success of other cities in Colorado that have accomplished the same feat.
Even though we are focusing on these core topics of discussion, we are not leaving out the recreational, arts/culture, food and music content our readers love. To cover these topics, we have come up with a series of ‘Segments’ that will allow us to explore them in a fresh and unique way. For example, our ‘Obscure Outdoors’ segment is where we will report on the most non-mainstream outdoor destinations around the region. Starting with Penitente Canyon, Patrick McGuire will narrate the eccentric history of this present-day popular climbing destination. To cover food, Anthony Settipani will lead a segment entitled, ‘Food Face-off,’ wherein through the method of compare/contrast, he will explore the larger discussion of why corporate restaurants have come to dominate the fine dining scene here in Pueblo. We are also in the beginning phases of turning our new location, “The Garage,” into a music and event venue. Eventually, we will incorporate the goings on at The Garage into another segment that will include music, discussion panels and other live events.
This is perhaps the biggest change the Pulp has undergone in its history. We believe that to survive, we must evolve in order to protect the voice of our home, our region and our Colorado. Our readers have been on this journey with us since the start, and we are confident that, with your support, we can successfully navigate the changing landscape of independent media.
Community Survey: What does it mean to be a Pueblo after 150 years?