My Hometown: Input Fort Wayne

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) For Kara Hackett, working at home, definitely has its perks. The comfort is nice but the workload isn’t less.

As the managing editor for Input Fort Wayne, she works hard. “My workload is just kind of around the clock, whenever.”

According to the site, Input is an online publication focusing on bold startups, places, projects and ideas in Fort Wayne and Northeast Indiana. They publish four to six stories a week, including longer in-depth pieces and shorter stories. When they first published just in January, Kara was doing all of the writing, and a lot more. “At first I was doing almost all of the stories just because people didn’t really know what Input was or what the tone was or what it should look like.”

But they’re quickly growing. The parent company is based in Detroit and has publications in 20 cities. Input got off the ground here at the hands of two Fort Wayne transplants with the help of local sponsors. The community-centered publication now has a handful of people contributing to the content. “We’re working with freelance writers and freelance photographers. So its all locally run even though it is a company out of Detroit. I’m local and it’s all run by local people.”

It’s the perfect job for the hometown writer with a degree in professional writing. “I knew it was going to be around the clock, which it is, but it’s something I love doing so I’m happy to put in that time. I want to make it the best it can be.”

And doing that from home is even better. “I think it’s a great opportunity for Fort Wayne to have more online businesses that allow people to work from their homes because our neighborhoods and our homes are such a great asset of this community and it’s nice to feel like you can be in your neighborhood and feel like you’re doing something productive as well.”

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