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A Glance Back, a Jump Ahead

1986: My first magical, energizing newspaper job. General assignment reporter at the Boca Raton News.  Determined to become a great writer, win awards and help improve the community.

Realized newspapers were in a struggle to attract readers and remain relevant. Learned how to write for, and at times, touch the community. Won a few awards.

1991: Accepted a job as night metro editor at the Akron Beacon Journal. Excited about working at the first Knight Ridder Newspaper.

Met my future wife. Helped the paper win a Pulitzer Prize for public service while it changed Akron just a bit. Realized the newspaper industry was in a fight for its future. Survived the sale of Knight Ridder, and the resale of the Beacon Journal. Accepted a buyout.

2006: Entered the world of PR and was pleased to join Dix & Eaton. Excited about embarking on a second career. Concerned about colleagues struggling to reinvent journalism.

August 2009:

Boca Raton News closes.

—Former colleagues at the Indianapolis Star face some tough contract numbers today.

Media who use Twitter. Even an audio interview on how one journalist uses Tweets on the job.

In 1986, the world of journalistic promise was filled with such wonder.

Today, the feisty little Boca newspaper is no more.

Journalists use 140-character messages as a reporting-communicating-fact checking cool tool.

2010: ??????

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