Hey Northwest Philly, it’s goodbye from me for now.
After more than three years as editor of the Manayunk, Roxborough and East Falls NewsWorks page, I’ll soon be testing my skills in a new role at WHYY.
Starting next week, I’ll be working with WHYY’s Health and Science team to launch “The Pulse,” a one-hour, weekly radio show focusing on health, science and innovation. I’m thrilled to dive back into show production but will miss living and working in Northwest Philly.
I’ll smile thinking about the countless inspiring stories this community has shared with us since NewsWorks launched, about the overly enthusiastic fans at bike race each June, and about the joy of working with such a smart, fun and talented Northwest Philly team.
As I wrap things up this week, my mind jumps back to the summer of 2010, when I joined the NewsWorks team to help launch the Northwest Philly community news initiative. With the tasks of establishing connections with neighborhoods we hadn’t covered in-depth before, writing and editing stories, recruiting our initial freelance pool and encouraging the community to participate in the news process, I knew this gig was going to be a bit of a challenge. While true, this job also turned out to be one of the most rewarding projects I’ve had the opportunity to work on.
I’ve enjoyed watching this NewsWorks initiative grow from an idea in WHYY’s beloved “war room” to a strong, reliable resource for the Northwest Philadelphia community. I’m proud of how far we’ve come and I look forward to watching the site evolve and adapt to new media landscapes over the next few years.
And don’t worry, I leave you in very capable hands. NewsWorks editors Brian Hickey and Neema Roshania will be taking the editing helm for all things Manayunk, Roxborough and East Falls from here on out. You can reach them with story pitches at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for sharing your stories with me over the past few years. If you have any health or science-related ideas for “The Pulse,” which is set to launch in early November, please feel free to pitch them to me via email at email@example.com.
All the best,