There’s no doubt that Greenville County is a rising star on the national stage. Factors like a top-ranked downtown, nationally recognized events, increasing tourism and growing investment from major corporations make us the envy of many other communities and assist greatly in our economic development efforts. Yet, with all this positive attention, there is a persistent concern that can hinder our recruitment efforts: the notion that Greenville’s workforce is less prepared in the areas of science, technology and math (STEM).
We gather again Thursday at 9:00 on Perry Avenue for our staff meeting, where we will hopefully welcome back Managing Editor Jerry Salley after 2 days of misery from a stomach bug that aptly reminded the rest of us just how much he does. Which is why heartfelt thanks go to designers Whitney Fincannon, Kristy Adair and Tammy Smith for their patience while I scrambled sans Jerry through both press days, and to all of our staff writers for turning in stories on deadline with no holes and only the occasional "there ares" and "different thans."
As our news team nears the gentler end of the workweek -- the papers shipped and our to-do lists replaced with notes for the immediately forthcoming publishing cycle -- for just a moment, our editors resurface from the detailed depths of production. They email a reminder of the next morning's editorial planning summit -- along with a retrospective look at our work, a dash of wit and some pep talk. So we've made it a blog series.
UBJ’s new staff writer Robbie Ward looks forward to sharing the Upstate’s stories. "As a journalist, I look for answers and transparency," writes the Mississippi Delta native, who most recently spent time in his home state covering local government. "Since I started this week as a staff writer at the Upstate Business Journal, I’ll share a few truths about my life and approach to journalism."
So who will be in the Who’s Who class of 2016? That’s up to you. Keep your eyes and ears open for those who are always out there, putting their resources and time behind making their town greater – walking the walk, not just talking the talk. Better yet, get out and do it yourself. We’ll see you here next year.
What’s interesting to me about the shifting news landscape is not how we’re consuming it. Clearly, business readers are expanding to online, if sites like Buzzfeed (which just surpassed its own projections by hitting $100 million in revenue before year’s end) and Quartz (the two-year-old news site shaking up business journalism) are any indication. Rather, it’s what topics are in demand.
The discussion around this week’s story on baby-related business was an interesting one. It started months ago, shortly after I’d announced to my colleagues that I was expecting my first child. Just a few weeks later our publisher, Ryan Johnston, told the staff he had twins on the way, due about a month before mine.
So who will be in the Who’s Who class of 2015? That’s up to you. Keep your eyes and ears open for those who are out in the community outside of office hours, putting their resources and time behind making their town greater – walking the walk, not just talking the talk. Better yet, get out and do it yourself. We’ll see you here next year.