Photograph courtesy of Leighton Hoey

Jacksonville Today is a nonprofit local journalism service that includes a weekday email newsletter and forthcoming news website. As the most recent WJCT Public Media initiative, the Jacksonville Today newsletter takes a deep dive into the local news in Northeast Florida to highlight the best stories and the most important information, from the Jacksonville Today team and from other trusted sources in the local community.

“This is an important milestone in our work to play a more vital role in bringing local news and information to everyone in our region, and to do so in the place where more and more of us get our news: online,” said WJCT Public Media CEO David McGowan. “We know that high-quality, non-partisan local journalism is vital to our civic life as a community, and we are very happy to have the backing of the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations and other community partners as we build out this new service.”

Jacksonville Today builds on WJCT Public Media’s success with “vertical” digital publications, such as ADAPT, focused on the regional response to climate change and sea-level rise, and The Jaxson, focused on the urban fabric of the region and published in partnership with Modern Cities, Inc. Jacksonville Today will also spotlight the work of WJCT News’ content-sharing partners, including The Florida Times-Union, News4Jax and the Jacksonville Daily Record. A full Jacksonville Today website will follow in the spring as reporting expands.

Jacksonville Today also provides original reporting that readers won’t read anywhere else, including a dash of diverse viewpoints, with opinion columns from veteran political writer A.G. Gancarski, local culture commentator Nikesha Elise Williams, and a calendar of events handpicked by our Arts and Culture Editor Matt Shaw.

Photograph courtesy of Leighton Hoey

For example, to celebrate the launch of the Jacksonville Today newsletter, the Jacksonville Today team commissioned some of their favorite local photographers to show the city through their eyes. In other words, Jacksonville, Today.

Photographer Leighton Hoey captures the zeal and verve of music and culture. More punk in the pit than fly on the wall, Hoey is known to disappear into the chaos of a crowd, training her arsenal of analog-style cameras on the joyous moments of performance — most notably the zeal of interactions between performer and audience.

That’s why Hoey is the perfect choice to show the vibrancy of Jacksonville’s music scene as it reawakens from its pandemic slumber.

Check out a Jacksonville Today photo essay with more of Hoey’s work, and while you’re there, sign up for the newest local newsletter you’ve never heard of with local news, ways to get involved, and all that’s weird and wonderful in Northeast Florida, including a new Jaxson column that’s only on this week.”

Photograph courtesy of Leighton Hoey

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