Meet the Crew

Bixyl Shuftan - Editor

The editor of Second Life Newser, Bixyl Shuftan got his start in online journalism at Second Life Newspaper in late 2007. Taking pride in keeping up with the news in real life, keeping his Luskwood fox avatar as his appearance, and his corny sense of humor, "Fox News" soon became the running joke with people he came across. His articles covering just about all kinds of subjects in the Metaverse, as well as doing most of SLN's screenshot cartoons, he eventually rose to the post of manager (click here to read an article about his time there). When Second Life Newspaper closed down in June 2010 when the owners left Second Life, Bixyl founded Second Life Newser to continue what he'd been doing most of his time in the virtual world, covering the people, places, and events.

Gemma Cleanslate - Reporter

Gemma Cleanslate started in online journalism joining up with Second Life Newspaper in early 2008. Her articles covered a variety of subjects, but in particular liked exploring, writing about the exciting places in the virtual world. When SLN closed, she joined Second Life Newser.

As a reporter for Second Life Newser, Gemma has continued to write a variety of articles. She also volunteers for various activities, such as One Billion Rising, the Relay for Life, the Second Life Birthday, and the Christmas Expo.

Deaflegacy - Reporter

Deaflegacyhas been eager to prove herself, writing on locations that she hears about that get her attention. She describes herself as a "Fan of One Direction, Dean Koontz, and Stephen King" and when not writing about Second Life is working on a fiction story inspired by "Phantom of the Opera."

Mylie Foxclaw - Reporter

Mylie Foxclaw has written a number of articles about fashion in Second Life. But outfits are not her only subject as her subjects can range from commentaries to creative fiction. She started as a host, before venturing into the SL Fashion Industry as a fashion model for three years.  She also tried her hand at building a few mesh items.  She enjoys shopping and exploring sims.

Grease Coakes - Freelance Reporter

Writing since early 2012, Grease's articles have a focus on the social aspect of Second Life, such as clubs, music, and spiritual growth. But his stories cover a range of topics, from places to avatars.

Grease has a fondness for music and the club scene, and can sometimes be found with friends at a club event. His other job is as music DJ.

MajikVixen - Freelance Reporter

MajikVixen (Bluevioletvixen Lorefield) has written articles covering articles covering a broad number of subjects from "SLife and times" to games, to places, to clubs, to social networks, and more. Her motto, “Wherever You Go, There You Are.”

Fritter Enzyme - Freelance Reporter

Fritter enjoys exploring the Grid. He describes himself as "A furry who likes to explore and find the art and beauty of Second Life, and places open for all to enjoy." He also has a love of music.

On hiatus

Kain Scalia  - Freelance Reporter

Also known as Maus Merryjest, Kain Scalia first logged onto Second Life in 2004, and it has been impossible to get rid of him since. A professional opera singer in real life, he is fascinated with the potential Second Life has for artistic performance. He has performed in Second Life as well as exhibited his artwork, been part of several different roleplay communities and he generally enjoys finding little nooks and crannies and unusual sims during exploration binges. His articles are likely to encompass various different topics due to his many interests.

Wesley Regenbogen - Freelance Reporter

A real-life resident of Belgium, Wesley's time as a virtual journalist go back to the year 2000 When he first began writing for Cybertown Virtual News in the online world of Cybertown. He did well, eventually becoming the assistant editor. But due to changes made by Cybertown's owners in 2003, he reluctantly have to leave both the world and the newsletter. He came across Second Life in 2006. He wrote for a few papers, including a period at JamesT Juno's SL Newspaper. Following a hiatus, he returned to Second Life, and eventually found out about Second Life Newser, and soon joined up with the team.

Nydia Tungsten - Reporter

A longtime resident of the Sunweaver Estates, Nydia got her start as a DJ, then moved into clubs and land management. Always willing to help or offer an open ear, over time she's gotten quite a number of friends, many in her "Angels" group. She sent a number of reader submissions about concerns of Second Life, such as griefers and harassment, as well as reviews about games. Eventually, she joined up with the Newser staff, her articles pre-edited some by her partner Brandi Streusel Tungsten. When not in Second Life or InWorldz, she is often playing a game with one or more of her friends.

Grey Lupindo -  Reporter

Grey Lupindo found out about online journalism when she came across one of Second Life Newspaper's reporters in the Second Life 6th Birthday event in 2009. Soon afterward, she joined up with them, wanting to put her writing skills to use. Her articles in particular covered interesting and noteworthy places. She signed up with Second Life Newser when SLN closed down.

Grey Lupindo covered her home of Syzygy when she lived there, writing about the antics of her neighbors. But she's best known for the articles on places in the virtual world she's explored.

Becky "Sha" Shamen - Reporter

Becky Shamen, or "Sha" as she sometimes calls herself, has been in Second Life for a while as a clothing designer, she has been exploring the Grid, and writing about her travels. She lives in the Sunweaver Estates, not far from the SL Newser office building.

Xymbers Slade - Freelance Reporter

Xymbers signed up with Second Life Newser in early 2011. He's also a fortune teller, his office just a short walking distance from the newspaper in HV Community. Xymbers' articles covered a variety of subjects, sporting an anthro horse appearance when he traveled about, and contributed some cartoons as well.

DrFran Babcock - Freelance Reporter

DrFran Babcock started writing for the Metaverse Messenger back in 2006, and stopped writing when the newspaper stopped publishing. During that time she missed writing, and when the opportunity to join SL Newser appeared, she jumped at it.

DrFran likes to focus on places that get little publicity—the "hidden gems" of SL, as well as history and stories of old-timers. She is thrilled to be part of the team.

More of DrFran's pictures can be seen at her blog: DrFran Does SL.

FoxytheJamie Resident - Reporter

Previously known as Theonlyjohnny Resident, FoxytheJamie describes himself as having improved his writing through time with various roleplaying websites. His articles are mostly around roleplays, social spots, and combat areas.

 Breezes Babii - Freelance Reporter

Breezes Babii's stories tend to be on the lighter, more whimsical side of the Grid. She joined Second Life Newspaper though her SL daughter Editor Dana Vanmoer, becoming noted for her "Breezes Thoughts," lighthearted observations of Second Life and it's goings-on. She took a hiatus from writing in early 2010, but after a some time she rejoined with her friends, now in Second Life Newser.

Any1 Gynoid - Freelance Reporter

This perky neko  made a brief appearance in Second Life Newspaper in late 2009, taking a  variety of subjects. This included politics, which most other reporters  were reluctant to touch. She left SLN a few months later in early 2010  for personal reasons. But in the summer of 2010, she began sending  Reader Submissions to Second Life Newser, and soon signed on with her  old teammates once again. Besides Second Life Newspaper, Any1 wrote for CNN.

Shellie Sands - Freelance Reporter

Shellie Sands got her start in online journalism after meeting up with Nazz Lane, joining up with Second Life Newspaper around May 2009. She started out doing music articles, but soon doing other subjects, as well as poetry. With the close of SLN, she began writing for Second Life Newser.

Group picture taken in 2013

The Office

While not a crew member, our office building certainly deserves a mention. Built by Ranchan Weidman, it is three stories high, with the meeting room at the top floor.

 The SL Newser office building is located in HV Community, (140, 85, 25) (formerly Sunweaver Air). We also have a couple smaller locations at Book Island (165, 155, 36) and the ALA.

About Second Life Newser and Second Life Newspaper

The beginnings of Second Life Newser can be traced to another online newspaper covering Second Life, named appropriately enough Second Life Newspaper. Founded by JamesT Juno and starting up in November 2006, he was soon joined by other writers, notably Dana Vanmoer whom assumed the position of editor and improved the paper, and soon had a thriving media outlet. When the first of us joined up in Autumn 2007, the paper was more or less like it was for the rest of it’s history.

James and Dana, especially Dana, did a great job in running the paper. But times change, and bad luck & misfortune can happen to even the best of us. In late 2009 events in real life forced James to leave Second Life, and thus the newspaper. Dana continued on as both the paper’s editor and owner for some months, but real life caught up with her as well. The decision was made to close Second Life Newspaper, leaving only the main section archives up for public view (People was found to be up later). The rest of us talked with one another what to do. The result was a new online newspaper: Second Life Newser.

Second Life Newser takes after Second Life Newspaper in many ways. Dana Vanmoer was a great editor, and if the two papers are so similar it’s because we had a good example to follow. We still have news in separate sections. We still do the occasional screenshot cartoon. Second Life Newspaper was our predecessor, but it remains a different, separate newspaper. It remains JamesT Juno’s own.

Remember the past, and look to the future. And so, under our new paper, we continue to report the news big and small, the people, places, and events of Second Life, with an occasional peek elsewhere online. It’s what we do, and will continue to do for as long as we can.

Sadly, Second Life Newspaper's archives are now only accessible through the "Internet Archives." Type in to read the Main and People sections. The rest seem down.