This happened faster than I ever imagined.
Today was the official announcement in The Citizens’ Voice newsroom. My friend Andy and I will be leaving in a couple weeks to take jobs at the News Journal in Wilmington, Del.
For those of you who don’t follow my life too closely (i.e. most everyone except my parents and Krista), I’ve worked at the Voice for roughly eight months and had the opportunity to cover some very exciting and big news. Technically, I was a beat reporter covering the Pittston area. However, I also took on the “flood beat” after Tropical Storm Lee forced the Susquehanna River from its banks in September and devastated the Wyoming Valley. Also, whenever I could or was called upon, I built graphics and tried to put together data projects.
As many know, a great part of my passion for journalism has revolved around computer-assisted reporting. So, when the News Journal offered me a job as a data analyst and news programmer, it was too in line with my career goals to turn down. In my new position, I’ll be largely responsible for the data section on the newspaper’s website, including fixing up anything that’s already there and working with other reporters and editors to add new tools and analyze data.
The Citizens’ Voice has been a wonderful place to work, and I can’t imagine starting my career at a different paper. In recent weeks, I’ve had the pleasure of putting together a large component of the Voice’s breaking news entry for the Pulitzer Prizes and have been constantly reminded of what great work the newsroom can produce. It’ll be tough to leave, but I know I must take this opportunity.
Thank you to everyone at The Citizens’ Voice and in Northeastern Pennsylvania who made my experience a great one.
FACTS ABOUT WILMINGTON & THE NEWS JOURNAL
- The News Journal is a Gannett publication with a circulation of roughly 117,000.
- Wilmington is the largest city in Delaware and located roughly 30 minutes from Philadelphia in New Castle County.
- The News Journal is the largest publication in Delaware and considered the state’s paper of record.
- This will be the first newspaper I’ve worked for that doesn’t have a direct competitor in the news market.
- Though the movie was filmed around Los Angeles, Fight Club is based in Wilmington. The many credit card companies that are blown up towards the end of the film are located in downtown Wilmington.
- The city’s motto is “A place to be somebody.”
- A News Journal investigation had bath salts banned in (roughly) a day in Delaware.