Change is hardly ever an easy thing, and you, Faithful Reader, have been through your share of it lately.
In the past few months, you’ve seen your hometown newspaper shift from a four-day-per-week to a two-day-per-week print schedule, and you’ve also probably noticed some pretty striking changes in the look and layout of the paper.
And now, here I am — someone you’ve probably never even heard of — sitting in the editor’s chair at 466 Yampa Ave.
In my experience, most of the difficulty in coping with change can be tied to the uncertainty that invariably accompanies it. It takes you from something you know to something you don’t, and that can be unsettling.
So, I wanted to take a moment and try to remove at least a little of that uncertainty.
First of all, there’s me, the new guy, the guy you’ve probably never heard of.
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My name is Jim Patterson. Actually, it’s James Patterson, but my parents, for some reason or another, chose to name me one thing and call me another.
I’m originally from South Arkansas, and when I say “South,” I mean it. Drive 45 miles south of the place I was born, and you’re in Louisiana.
I’ve worked in the field of print journalism for more than 20 years. I started out in 1996 as a beat reporter in my hometown — a small, agricultural/industrial town called Camden — and gradually moved through several positions at several Arkansas newspaper before, two and a half years ago, I decided to follow my lifelong dream and relocate to the Rocky Mountains.
Since February 2015, I’ve served as evening editor/copy desk chief at Steamboat Pilot & Today, and on Monday, I took over as editor of your newspaper….
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