These are exciting times at Union County Weekly – and Carolina Weekly Newspaper Group as a whole.
We recently have made an important change that I feel will benefit you, the readers, in a tremendous way.
Longtime staff member Aaron Garcia has been promoted to sports editor of our newspaper group’s Southern Division, which includes Union County Weekly, South Charlotte Weekly and Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly.
After five years as sports editor, I also will have a new role, but we’ll get more in depth about that in a bit. Right now, I want to talk to you about Aaron, a tireless worker who joined our staff as an unpaid intern in 2007. I’m especially proud of Aaron because he displayed great character from the outset.
He initially called me and inquired about writing a freelance sports column for one of our sister publications, Charlotte Weekly. When I asked if he had any professional newspaper experience, he said he didn’t, so I politely told him the only opportunities we had were for people who were looking to get a proverbial foot in the door without being focused on compensation.
In other words: people who would work for free.
At that point, I thought the conversation would end. But Aaron didn’t flinch, quickly asking what the next step would be. He promptly came in and wowed me with his interview, won the internship, soaked up all the knowledge he could – not just from me but everyone in the newsroom – and played a vital role as our company expanded from two newspapers to seven. Last year, he even was promoted to assistant sports editor.
Now, I’m so very pleased to give him even greater responsibility in the Sports department. He deserves it, and he will make us even better in his new role. And, no, he doesn’t still work for free.
Please read next week’s Union County Weekly as Aaron reintroduces himself to you and gives you an idea of what he plans to accomplish.
Unfortunately, for Aaron, he’ll still have to work closely with me. As I transition from Carolina Weekly Newspaper Group’s sports editor to Managing Editor for Sports, I’ll take more of a global view of our seven Sports sections, working alongside Aaron and the sports editor of our Northern Division, Chris Hunt.
Aaron will handle the day-to-day aspects of Union County Weekly Sports and be your direct contact for story ideas and the like. I’ll spend much of my time editing stories, writing occasional feature stories and working with Aaron and Chris on ways to improve the overall quality of our Sports sections.
In addition, I’ll return to my roots a bit and write a regular column that allows me to take a look at our local, regional and national sports topics. There’ll be times when you read my column and scream, “This guy’s nuts!” Uh, sort of how many of you do now. But my hope is to provide yet another element that entertains, allows you to experience a unique opinion and maintains the quality journalism you’ve come to expect from our paper throughout the years.
As always, I welcome feedback on my columns. And if you have an idea for me, please don’t hesitate to contact me at email@example.com or on my cell phone at 980-253-2239. I want to continue to be available to you, and I hope you’ll take the time to write or call.
In the meantime, please join me in welcoming Aaron to his new position.