COLUMN: The new guy in town

As you read last week, Jason Emerson has moved on to take the position of editor of the Cazenovia Republican, so starting this week I have taken over as the editor of the Skaneateles Press.

Unlike Jason, a veteran of the newspaper business, I am as green as they come. I completed my degree in newspaper and online journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications of Syracuse University only about five weeks ago, the end of the fall semester. I knew from the start that I wanted to work for a newspaper and here I am.

I interned with Eagle Newspapers, our parent company, less than a year ago. Back then, I didn’t run my own paper, but I gained experience that makes me qualified to step right in and run this paper effectively from day one.

Growing up as an avid camper living in the suburbs of Buffalo, I developed an appreciation for the beautiful landscapes and natural wonders to be found in the Finger Lakes, the Adirondacks and rural Pennsylvania. These beautiful areas are dotted with small communities full of rich history and down-to-earth people and that is what I see in Skaneateles.

Weekly papers based in small communities like this one are a part of the industry that has stayed strong in recent years as people turn to them for news that interests them the most - school sports, local politics and community events. From what I’ve seen so far, Skaneateles is no exception to this and I thank you for your support.

I will do my best to inform you about everything that is going on in the community each week. Whether it’s an old building being torn down, an update from the local government bodies, a wedding announcement or just pictures of people having fun at Winterfest, if it is something people care about, then I will put it in the Press.

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