As many of you read in her column Thursday, Staff Writer Hannah Raughton will be leaving the T-J to go work for a local attorney. Hannah was with us for exactly one year, and I’d like to thank her for her contribution to the many editions that were published during that time.
We will welcome our newest staff writer, Cinthia Rico, next week. You will be able to learn more about her by reading her column every other Thursday.
We are always adapting here at the Times-Journal whether it be to a change in staff, deadlines, or our eating schedules. I think that is where our strengths are as a newspaper because we all get acclimated so well when there is a change in our daily work routines.
In order to produce a newspaper in a timely manner, we are always working a day ahead; therefore, we have to plan ahead. Some days I will walk in my office and know exactly how I am going to lay the paper out and what content is going to be in it. On days like that, things go as planned, and when things go as planned we hit deadline. When we hit deadline, the employees at the press are happy, our boss is happy and, most importantly, our subscribers are happy.
More times than not, though, our plans for the next print edition get changed. Front page stories either get moved to the inside, held for a day or two, and sometimes stories get tossed out altogether. When you work for the media, you never know what the next big headline is going to be. We never know when a school is going to be under a lockdown. We never know when a huge drug bust is going to claim the lead headline space. We never know when a local kid is going to do something news-worthy at random. We never know; we just adapt.
Just like with our news articles, change happens with us. Sometimes people in editorial get sick and can’t come to work. Sometimes we can’t get a source to return our phone calls for a story. Sometimes people take other jobs, and sometimes people quit. This happens in every business, and every business has to find a way to keep the wheels turning during a period of change. From the Times-Journal’s perspective, I can tell you that we are masters at adapting to change. We’re good at it because we are passionate about what we do. We care about getting our subscribers the latest news on time. We care about making sure our customers’ advertisements are the right size and color and are on the right page. We care about getting the latest news-worthy word out to the community. We truly care, and if giving you the best and latest headliner requires changing our entire plan for the day, then that’s what we will do– we’ll adapt to the change to keep the Times-Journal consistent.
Kayla Beaty is the managing editor of the Times-Journal. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.