As most of you know, my time at PhillyVoice.com came to an end in mid-September. In the weeks since, I’ve thought a lot about my future as I applied for jobs both in the journalism world, and outside of it.
I also thought a lot about journalism past, present and future, and those contemplations led me to:
— appreciate the 24 years I spent as a professional journalist,
— rue the current state of the field, one in which people lose their jobs despite going above and beyond what’s asked of them, as they’re vilified by those who see reporters as the enemies and work their asses off day and night, rarely receiving the appreciation they deserve (even if, like me, they didn’t want pats on the back), and
— realize that it was time for a change of pace.
It wasn’t as difficult a shift as I thought it’d be years back, especially when Thomas Jefferson University (formerly Philadelphia University) in our old Philly neighborhood of East Falls reached out.
They did so after I’d applied for their Senior Media Relations and Content Specialist opening.
After interviewing with several members of the staff, it felt right as an exciting chance to help showcase (while reporting on campus) the great things that are happening at TJU, while serving in a spokesperson role of sorts when the moments arise thus necessitating.
There’s a whole lot more that goes into the job beyond what I just described, but I didn’t want to weigh you down with the specifics.
So, yeah, starting next Monday, I’ll be changing professions.
It’s an exciting time for me and the family. I can’t wait for this new chapter to begin.
And worry not, I suspect I’ll still be writing from time to time, and sending along the tips (not related to my new job) that I’m sure I’ll still receive to journalist who I know will do a great job with them.
Anyway, thanks for reading my articles in Florence (SC), Atlantic City and Philly over the years. It was always about giving my readers stories that I thought would inform, entertain and educate.