Beginning this month, the Hill Country News will launch TAPROOM TALK, a series of live news maker interviews focused on the issues and people important to this part of Williamson County.
"This is an exciting evolution from the written word," said Richard Stone, architect of the project and the paper's editor at large. "As journalists, we are constantly on the lookout for new and more interesting ways to tell stories. Conducting an interview in front of a live audience adds a dimension to storytelling that's hard to top."
State Rep. John H. Bucy III will be the guest for the first interview at 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 18 at Whitestone Brewery, 601 E Whitestone Blvd #500 in Cedar Park.
"Rep. Bucy won his seat in the midst of the historic 2018 election," said Stone. "His experience as a freshman state representative, along with his efforts to represent District 136 while a member of the minority party, makes for a compelling story."
Stone added, "Of course, I do have a couple of questions for our state representative, but I would love to hear anything our readers would like me to ask."
Stone's email at the newspaper is firstname.lastname@example.org.
"My purpose is to gather information about our guests," Stone said. "While I won't be limiting myself to softball questions, neither will I encourage confrontation. Elected officials come in all political stripes and so, I look forward to discussing subjects that span the entire political spectrum."
Over time, Stone said, he expects to interview guests at the city and county level, and the topics will not be limited to politics alone.
"Indeed, I foresee some featured guests in the future will represent our area's culture, rather than its political landscape. But, it's easy to get a politician to sit for an interview so, that's where we will start."
The Taproom Talk live interviews will be staged every six weeks or so, All are welcome to attend and enjoy the wonderful craft beer at the Whitestone Brewery as well as some spirited conversation on the stage. Interviews will be live-streamed on the Hill Country News' Facebook page and will be available for streaming after the event at HillCountryNews.com