You Don’t Know Me …

July 17, 2012
3 mins read

I’ve worked most of my journalism career behind the scenes. I’ve written a few columns (that, sadly, included my photo at the top), but usually I’ve toiled as someone who shaped stories in relative anonymity. I liked it that way. My passion is working on stories that inform, incense or entertain people.

After graduating from the University of Florida with a journalism degree, I spent several years roaming the country and working at newspapers and websites in Fort Wayne, Ind., Detroit, Minneapolis, Savannah and Fort Lauderdale. I designed front pages during the Persian Gulf War and the war in Iraq. I put out a special edition of the Minneapolis Star Tribune a few hours after the Sept. 11 attacks. I helped cover four hurricanes that hit South Florida in 2004.

In my new job, I’m suddenly thrust into a more public role. After sitting in the editor’s chair at Folio Weekly for my first week, taking calls and emails from worried writers, angry citizens and peppy PR folks, I sometimes felt as though I were running for office. Although I’ve already got the job, I have some big shoes to fill and a beloved publication’s legacy to uphold.

With that in mind, I’ve been developing a mental list of the things I stand for. So, as we enter another heated election season (or is that just the humidity?), I offer you my own campaign promises. With the help of a great staff, I will keep all of them.

I will be fair.

I have my opinions, but I’m open to others. And I will seek out perspectives different from my own.

I will listen.

I have the responsibility to ensure that all viewpoints have the opportunity to be heard. I can’t promise that they will all be published, but they will be considered.

I will not rag on you unless you deserve it.

And I will give you a chance to redeem yourself. No one is all good or all bad in my book.

I will not take myself too seriously.

If you catch me doing that, let me know.

I will try to have a sense of humor.

This publication should be fun. If you don’t think I’m funny, keep it to yourself.

I will make changes.

Not right away, but a little at a time. We will find ways to help you better understand stories by using alternative story forms that help explain and illustrate complex information. You’ll see some new features and some new approaches to topics.

I will ask for feedback.

When you see these changes, let us know what you think. Good or bad, don’t worry — we can take it.

I will be intensely local.

We have so many stories to tell in our area — from Fort Clinch to the Matanzas Bay, as someone once said. I have the advantage of deep roots here; I lived in the same house in Holiday Hill from the time I was born until I graduated from Sandalwood. I have friends I’ve known since I was 2.

I will need your help.

This is one giant place we live in. We can’t be everywhere, so let us know what we’re missing.

I will not tell a lie.

If you see something that is wrong in the pages of Folio Weekly, let us know so that we can correct it. We take accuracy seriously.

I will get out in the community.

I’m guilty of going to the same old places and doing the same old things. I’m up for some suggestions. What new restaurant should I try? What local band should I check out? What event should my husband, my daughter and I attend?

I will meet new people.

And we will introduce them to you in these pages.

I will respect the environment.

Every candidate has to have an environmental policy. Hey, I’m one of three Prius owners in my family. And thank goodness there are recycling bins at the office — I’ve been known to carry used plastic containers around in my purse for days.

Read my lips: No new faxes.

There might be a fax machine in this office, but I don’t know where it is. I plan on keeping it that way.

I will ask for your ideas.

What do you want to see in Folio Weekly? What kinds of topics interest you? Call me. Email me. Find me on Twitter or Facebook. I look forward to talking to you.

I will not raise the price of Folio Weekly.

It’s the best deal in town, so keep picking it up. I’ll consider that your vote.

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