You’ve probably noticed some changes at The Courier over the last few years.
I came on board when the publication was still called the Vinton County Courier, starting off as a staff journalist. I was fresh out of college then, the most rookie of rookie reporters. Fast forward to that summer: I witnessed my publication adopt the news coverage of Jackson County and take on a new name. We did a lot of adjusting, but our paper grew.
Fast forward again to one year later: I became editor of the Courier. It’s been a learning experience the entirety of my time in this role, but it’s also been incredibly rewarding.
Which brings me to this announcement: my time as Courier editor is coming to an end.
I won’t be moving far away: you can catch my byline in upcoming editions of the Athens NEWS. Longtime editor Terry Smith passed the torch off to me this week; he and the publication’s current associate editor are helping me transition into the new responsibility.
My decision to accept the position at the Athens NEWS came with both excitement and sadness. I look forward to the opportunities to come, but I will absolutely miss the one stoplight county next door.
You’ve all seen your fair share of changes: one thing that hasn’t changed, though, is that the Courier has an amazing audience. Your collective passion for your community has been encouraging to me even on my worst days.
But, this isn’t an official goodbye. You’ll have to bear with me in the coming weeks as I juggle my responsibilities with two publications. I’ll be maintaining my role with the Vinton-Jackson Courier until I find a replacement. I know you’ll be as welcoming to her or him as you were a little more than two years ago to a twenty-something reporter from Cedarville, Ohio.
I likely have a sappy goodbye letter for you all in the future: I do have a lot of people to thank and happy memories to share, after all. Until then (and after), the Courier news team will continue to bring you local news coverage.
Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly,