Hello, Adirondack Almanack community!
One thing that has been impressed upon me in the events unfolding these last few weeks is that the only constant is change.
As of today, I’m stepping into my new role as online editor overseeing the Adirondack Almanack and Adirondack Explorer websites. These two local news sites are owned and run by the nonprofit news organization Getting the Word Out, which has operated out of Saranac Lake since 1998. The Explorer purchased the Almanack in 2014.
When it comes to the Almanack, I don’t see myself as much as an editor but more of a traffic controller and coordinator of the information, because the Adirondack Almanack belongs to you: the readers, contributors, commenters, and community thought-leaders.
This is a collaborative place where conversation happens about what makes the Adirondacks unique—the beautiful landscape, the complex policies that govern the land, and our special wildlife, history, communities and culture.
And that’s one thing amid this tumultuous time that won’t change. We’ll continue to run stories on all of those important Adirondack topics, along with breaking news to keep everyone informed on what’s happening around the region. We’ll be reaching out to you to get your input on a variety of top-of-mind issues affecting the park.
My job will be to manage the two websites owned by the Adirondack Explorer: AdirondackExplorer.org and AdirondackAlmanack.com. You may have noticed my name on the Almanack this week with a whole lot of information about coronavirus and how it is affecting our health systems and communities. I felt like that was what was needed now.
In less stressful times, I’ll focus on creating greater cohesion between the two websites, promoting related content as well as identifying newsworthy information that would be of interest to readers of our bi-monthly Adirondack Explorer magazine. I’ll also coordinate reporters and information for the Adirondack Explorer’s online daily report.
A bit about me: I’m a media professional with 20 years’ experience. After graduating from Plattsburgh State, I started my career as a reporter and editor with the Ithaca Journal, Fairbanks (AK) Daily News-Miner and Burlington Free Press (VT). (My first day of work was Sept. 10, 2001 at The Ithaca Journal, so I’m used to jumping into fires.) I worked as a communications specialist for the Adirondack North Country Association and currently run my own New York State Women owned Business-Enterprise Bootstrap Communications, which includes digital marketing, strategy and design. I’m a native to upstate New York and longtime resident of the Adirondacks, with family roots that go back generations in St. Lawrence County. I live in Peru, with my husband, our twin daughters, two dogs and a cat and enjoy gardening, reading, and outdoor recreation.
I look forward to connecting with you in the days to come. I encourage you to drop me a line at [email protected].