Welcome to Ink-Drained Kvetch, my very first blog.
I knew I wanted a career in journalism from the time I first stepped in my high school newspaper office as a 13-year-old freshman. That hasn’t changed, even in the wake of devastating reductions in many media fields that has directly affected me more than once.
My passion for the doing the news hasn’t dissipated, but instead has been re-energized by my migration to online journalism a decade ago.
Most of my print media experience was at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where I was a reporter and website editor until the great newspaper implosion of 2008.
After that, I went totally online as local editor for Patch, AOL’s community news initiative that also imploded, in early 2014.
Despite these experiences — and I enjoyed them immensely — I remain bullish about the role of journalism and in particular its importance at the community level. What I’ve learned is that citizens and communities want good, authentic, solid journalism without gimmicks. In fact, they hunger for it. There are tremendous opportunities to serve them in new ways online that newspapers, for as much as I will always love them, cannot.
These humbling realizations have helped soften the sometimes jaded, hard-edged journalist I had become. What I’ve gained is some badly-needed wisdom from people whom we purport to be doing journalism for, but far too often have ignored.
My posts here are a blend of thoughts on my profession, the broader media industries and how those of us who have worked in them are expanding our skills and recreating our lives to adapt to constant change.
Here’s more about what I’ve done in my career and how I can help your organization. I can write, edit, blog, shoot and edit still photos and video, manage websites and projects, conduct article and white paper research, and consult on social media and content matters. I’ve also written an e-book as I learn about the world of digital book publishing.
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