Well, as the title of this post says, I started the second week of the new year with a change I wasn’t really expecting.
My 15-year career in community journalism has come to an end. Earlier this week, the two publications that I write for and edit have been discontinued, and will no longer be printing.
I really had to take a couple of days to absorb the news. I’ve been with the company since, well even before, I graduated from college. I started my career as a starry-eyed and completely naive sports reporter in St. Stephen, New Brunswick. I wrote about football and wrestling even though I had no clue what was happening. I did a post at the Pictou Advocate where I covered a little bit of everything before settling at The Weekly Press and the Laker. The Weekly Press was my home town paper and I loved being able to tell the stories of where I grew up. And, it’s where I grew up. In my time there, I rose up from junior to senior reporter, and was named the editor at 25. At the time, I was the youngest female editor in all of Atlantic Canada. It made me who I am today, and for that, I’ll forever be grateful.
I’m sad for myself and my coworkers, and I’m sad for the communities we served. Community journalism holds a very high importance in our world and I hope they continue to get the coverage and the news they deserve.
As for me, I will be using some time to make a plan and forge ahead. While it is a shock, I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was excited to see what’s next for me.
The one thing I know for sure is it involves more time for hooking! More time for creating, and more time for myself, and more time for you.
The shop will be the winner over the next few months!
So please, don’t hesitate to reach out and make an appointment to come out and see me!