One of my first jobs out of college was writing local arts and entertainment news for Packet Publications, a newspaper company based in Central New Jersey. It was a terrific job for a first time reporter, and gave me lots of writing and reporting experience and I enjoyed meeting all kinds of people during my five years there.
However, I never had the feeling that I was making any kind of impact with my stories. I wrote the articles, sent them away for print, and never really thought about them again or had any kind of feedback from the public. They just disappeared into the ether, and I moved on to the next assignment.
It was not until I started working as the local editor for Warminster Patch that I began to enjoy the feeling that I was providing a valuable service for my community. It started slowly in December 2010, as I went about the township introducing myself and letting people know about this great new site for local information.
As the months went on, the need to explain the site diminished, as more people recognized who I was and were grateful for the work I have done. It was undeniable that I made an impact, and it only encouraged me to maintain that trust and work harder to inform my readers. I take that responsibility with me as I move on to a new role with Patch.com.
This message is a goodbye, but not really. No, I will not be the local editor for Warminster Patch anymore. However, I will remain a presence in Warminster and the other sites in Bucks County, and Hatboro-Horsham, Upper Moreland and Lower Moreland as I take on the position of Community Editor. I will be looking for more engagement opportunities with readers throughout the region, not just Warminster. I will be recruiting bloggers, covering more county-wide stories and performing more community outreach activities to help readers get the most out of the Patch experience.
As I move on, Warminster Patch will now be left in the talented and dedicated hands of Jennifer Mohan. She will be responsible for this and the Upper Southampton Patch, providing full coverage of the Centennial School District and the townships' neighborhoods. Any questions or news leads can be sent to her at firstname.lastname@example.org.