New Web editor joins team (and other tidbits)
News and notes from those piles that give character to my desk.
The Union has hired a Web editor who has nearly 10 years of experience in the still relatively new medium.
Kady Guyton began working on web sites in 1996 when she was a college student at Kansas State University. At that time it was called an electronic newspaper and was more of a concept than an essential tool in the lives of most everyone, as it has now become.
Her past jobs include working as the Webmaster for the Juneau Empire in Alaska. More recently, she managed nine Web sites for Gold Country Media in Auburn.
Kady will focus on just one Web site, theunion.com, in her new job.
She will help us post local stories quicker, generate original content for our Web site, and create spaces and places for new features. In addition to solidifying our role as the source for local news in western Nevada County, we want the web site to become the community resource as well.
Kady has the ideas, energy and experience to bring all those qualities to our web site.
She replaces Mike Witherow, who now works for the Democratic caucus in Sacramento. Kady’s first day will be Monday.
Wednesday’s newspaper featured a front-page story about a 10,000-pound crate being shipped to Uganda. We’re going to follow that container of medical supplies and equipment and the nine Nevada County residents going to Africa to help the Batwa pygmies, a group of people who are battling for survival.
Reporter Britt Retherford will accompany them when they leave on June 2. The group plans to spend nearly two weeks there. Britt will document their journey and efforts as well as report about the Pygmies, their plight and their prospects.
Our coverage plans include setting up a blog on our Web site so Britt can communicate as often as possible with you. At this point, we’re not sure what technological obstacles she’ll face when looking for cyber links, but we’re hopeful to hear from her on most days. After everyone gets home, Britt will be writing several stories about the trip.
I want to thank the 100 or so readers who took the time to vote on a mugshot for this column. Most comments I received were quite kind and interesting to me at least. I’ll share some at the end of the column. Fortunately, most of you understood this was a light-hearted attempt to deal with an issue and not a cry for help.
For the record, a couple voters did like the serious look that others said terrified them. Others suggested I embrace a mood-mugshot concept. So if it was a serious column, it would be a serious picture.
If I was trying to be funny, go with the gaping grin shot and so on and so forth.
But it was the smiles that seemed to soothe the souls of those concerned with such things and one of those now graces this page.
Now some of your comments:
– I would have never been so nit-picky to have initiated a comment about your picture, but now that you have brought the subject up, I will say that when I first saw your picture, I thought “Oh boy do I feel sorry for all the people who have to work for him. How stern he looks.” I vote for either three or four. They present a much better mental image of you.
– There is only one photo to be used in The Union: Number one. The others are for your family’s wallet.
– We too are newcomers in the community. I’m glad we just had to move-in and not have our pictures plastered on the front page of the newspaper ” especially on the first day on the job.
– I wanted to let you know that I thought your original picture was just fine. But I like the fifth one on your list even better. And don’t worry too much about people not being happy with what you do. It’s always that way.
– I absolutely loved the fourth picture with the big smile. But if your article is about a serious issue, maybe that isn’t appropriate. In that case, I like number three.
– My suggestion is to run them all and surprise us each column. After all, how many of us change our face as we go through the day?
– None of this really has anything to do with anything. Whatever you do, don’t reveal whether you’re Republican or Democrat. If you do, fully half the community will find fault no matter what you do. Take care and welcome to Nevada County.
Pat Butler is the editor of The Union. He can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 477-4235.
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