Changing Gears Presents: Reinventing Our Cities

Changing Gears will present its first one-hour documentary, Reinventing Our Cities, next Thursday, Dec. 16. The special will run at 2 PM Eastern, 1 PM Central on our partner stations — WBEZ Chicago, Michigan Radio and ideastream in Cleveland.

We’ll spend the hour visiting cities across the region, talking to experts, and talking to you.

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How to get U-Mich, MSU Bowl Tickets

New Year’s Day will be busy for Big Ten fans in the Changing Gears region. Michigan’s football team is headed to the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla. to face off against Mississippi State on New Year’s Day. Michigan State, meanwhile, will take on Alabama in the Capital One Bowl in Orlando, Fla., what used to be called the Citrus Bowl.

You can apply for tickets to both games. Here are the instructions, as provided by each university. Continue reading “How to get U-Mich, MSU Bowl Tickets”

How to Contribute to SHIFT

SHIFT is a place for links, news stories and community events from around the region. We’d like you to be involved.

Submit your listings to ChangingGears (at) If you’re suggesting an event, please include the name of your group, the date, time and a link to a map, if possible. We’ll post a sample of the best ones each day. We’re looking forward to seeing your suggestions on SHIFT.

How Changing Gears is using Twitter

Muck Rack Daily, a Web compendium for journalists on Twitter, interviewed Changing Gears Senior Editor Micki Maynard on Friday. Here are her thoughts on how she uses Twitter to help spread the word about Changing Gears.

An excerpt: “Far and away, the most beneficial aspect is visibility. Twitter gives you a platform to showcase your work and that of your news organization. It helps you find sources. It helps you stay up on developments on your beat, in your region and around the world.”

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Making Amends for “The Decision”?

LeBron James (AP Photo/Tony Dejak via ESPN)

No, not that basketball player who took his “talents to South Beach.” We’re talking about ESPN, the sports network reviled by many Clevelanders for broadcasting LeBron James’s informercial for his future in Miami. (I’d say the network took some “heat” but….) So, on the eve of the first big match-up between LeBron’s Miami and his former hometown Cleveland Cavaliers, ESPN comes out with a nuanced portrait of present-day Northeast Ohio.

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