Last month I marked my eight-year anniversary as a reporter in Corvallis, and although in the eyes of several co-workers, that still makes me a cub, I can say in my 12-plus years of reporting, I've been around long enough to witness a dramatic upheaval in the realm of print media. As the recession strips newspapers of ad revenue, and the Internet delivers world news almost the instant it happens, those of us on the ground are all trying to make sense of it all. While we still depend on old-fashioned tools like notepads and attentive use of our senses, we're all adapting to a new age where podcasting, video blogs and laptops are becoming crucial to keeping our readers informed, entertained and engaged. What I hope to do in this blog is discuss some of the projects we've been working on as we attempt to find our place in the digital age. I'll be linking to videos, podcasts and stories I have been involved in, and discuss some of the things that might not have found their way onto the printed page, but which still might be important when looking at the big story. Occasionally I'll also be looking at what other media is doing to keep pace with the changing digital world, and, so this exercise doesn't become too academic, I'll probably post some fun, and occasionally personal, items as well.
I'm a native Oregonian who, up until recently, has been reporting on local issues in Portland, Forest Grove and currently Corvallis. I am now an editor of an internal publication at a local university, making the transition from the newsroom to world of academia. I continue to write, photograph and explore the world of podcasting in my work, and am eager to explore my new opportunities.