CURRENT POSITION: Managing Editor, Nights/Sports/Digital, Sun Journal, Lewiston, Maine
JOURNALISM BACKGROUND: I started freelancing college games
for my hometown paper in 1998, while still in school. After graduating with a journalism degree from Boston University and taking a much-needed year off to drive across the country (twice!), I started full time with that same hometown paper, the Sun Journal in Lewiston, Maine, in March of 2002. In 2007, while still on the main hockey beat, I received a promotion to Assistant Sports Editor, Online. In 2012, I assumed the role of Sports Editor, and in 2016 I was promoted to managing Editor for Nights, Sports and Digital, still at the Sun Journal. In addition to overseeing sports, I now oversee the nightside operation to include copy desk and pagination, and also the digital department and implementation of digital strategies across the newsroom. Among the beats I have covered are Division I college sports, top-level junior hockey and extensive preps, along with some minor-pro hockey.
APSE EXPERIENCE: Since assuming Sports Editor duties in 2012, I have attended each summer and winter judging conference (12 consecutive, as of Nashville in June), and almost every regional conference (in the Northeast, we have had two per year). If weather or distance did not allow, I made sure to call or Skype in to the meetings. I am currently the Northeast region vice chair, and the chair of the contest committee. I have also been active with the grassroots committee in the past.
OBJECTIVE: The Third Vice President role is very important in this organization. While our recent track record has seen “better-than-average” representation for smaller new organizations at the officers level, the position has been a key factor not only in achieving that, but maintaining that through our organization’s history. As your Third VP, I would work closely with the grassroots and other committees to retain and grow membership at the small-newspaper level. As a member of the contest committee, I have continued to fight for a fair playing field in the contest for papers of all sizes, and I hope to work closely with the contest chair and contest committee members to make sure that continues, as well. Growing membership has to be our top priority, and the reorganization of APSE as a whole to better reflect the changing mission of our member organizations has to be a close second. With the growing number of organizations falling into the “smaller” ranks, it will be vital that this demographic within APSE leads the charge.
QUOTABLE: “Work consists of what a body is obliged to do. Play consists of what a body is not obliged to do.” — Mark Twain.
At the root of what we do, why we all started, is the fact that none of us ever really wanted to “work” for a living. We don’t “have” to do what we do, we “want” to do what we do. And to do it with the companionship of those in our shops, and those in the APSE network, just adds to everything. Yes, we are all beholden to our jobs, and yes, we all need to earn a paycheck, but down deep, work is play. And what a playground we have.