CHICAGO – Don’t sound a death knell for Midwestern manufacturing just yet. One recent surprise has been an increase in the amount of goods being produced across the region.
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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.
Changing Gears joins our partner station Michigan Radio and the Center for Michigan on Monday Dec. 13 for “Fixing Michigan.” It’s part of Michigan Radio’s Issues and Ale series. The event starts at 6 pm at the Nuthouse Sports Grill in Lansing. See details here.
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”
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) umich.edu. 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.
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.”
SHIFT — the news blog from Changing Gears — is now open for business.
We picked the name from your suggestions, because the word “shift” can mean many things. Shifting directions. Shifting a point of point. Shifting from old to new, from slower to faster. Shifting your feet, which we’ve all had to learn to do during this recession.
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.
Congrats to New Orleans musician Troy Andrews, better known as Trombone Shorty. He snagged a Grammy nomination in contemporary jazz on Wednesday night for his album, Backatown. Andrews’ song Right to Complain is the Changing Gears theme song, with lyrics by P.J. Morton. Read the list of nominees here.