Consider this a belated hello, an introduction that is less about this newspaper’s newest editorial staffer than it is about a re-acquaintance with the purest form of journalism.
There is no better example of the newspaper craft than what appears in pages like these. Community-minded, community-involved and community-dependent all describe what Reporter Newspapers have been about every other week since January of 2007.
It’s a responsibility that is not taken lightly and the main reason I am here after 20 years with the region’s largest daily newspaper headquartered in downtown Atlanta (which soon will be based a five-minute car ride from our office on Roswell Road).
If there’s one thing that resonated with me through my days at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, it’s that no matter how big you are — as a newspaper or a city — the sense of community is what matters most, from politics, to public safety, to youth-league baseball.
While it’s sad to see the recent declines in daily newspapers – readership is down, papers are closing their doors and good, dedicated journalists are forced to seek new challenges – community newspapers have never been as important as they are right now.
In the serve-it-while-it’s-hot world of content distribution on TV, radio and the Internet, your hometown paper is high land in the sea of digital diversity. Here, you’ll find yourself, we hope, and all the things that touch your lives on a regular basis.
As the new managing editor of our publications in Sandy Springs, Buckhead and Brookhaven (actually, I’ve been busy on the job since the beginning of August), I’m not here to redefine what it means to be a community newspaper. Those before me have already established the Reporter as the source for the issues, information and images that are most pertinent to our readers.
But there is always room for change, and that really can be a good thing. It ought to be an interesting ride.