As promised in my previous post, I'm continuing my introductions of the experienced journalists who are participating in creating our Gulf Coast Reporters' League Business Quarterly, which will be published for the first time next month.
Today I'll introduce three more of our team. Two were instrumental in creating a business quarterly magazine at the Mobile Press-Register back in the late 90s, so I'm certainly happy to have them involved in this venture. The other talented journalist is well-known in the Pensacola area for being the long-time business editor of the Pensacola newspaper.
Robert Buchanan was a page designer when I was the business editor of the Mobile paper, and I most associate him with putting all the elements together that made up the pages of the newspaper's business magazine.
Buck has more than 30 years in newspaper experience, mostly with the Mobile Press-Register. He held multiple positions at the newspaper including sports writer, copy editor, news editor, special sections editor, public editor, columnist and page designer.
He won first place for Newswriting Without a Deadline from the Alabama Associated Press Association in 1991 and served as the group's president in 1993. He earned degrees from Spring Hill College and the University of Alabama. He lives in Mobile, Ala.
"Our region needs a magazine to keep up with the changing business trends because of technological advancement,” he said. “And, of course, monitor our rich shipping heritage."
Buck will be helping with the editing chores for the first issue of the magazine.
Charlotte Crane for 26 years was business editor for the Pensacola News Journal and later served another 10 years as a correspondent for Florida Trend magazine, covering 20 counties in Northwest Florida. Those counties are all in our coverage area.
Charlotte's awards in recognition of her news reporting have come from organizations including Florida Farm Bureau and U.S. Small Business Administration.
She has written poetry and prose which has been published in magazines including West Florida Literary Federation's Emerald Coast Review; she also has written a history of Pensacola Habitat for Humanity and one for United Way of Escambia County. She lives in Pensacola, Fla.
"Why did I decide to become a reporter for the Business Quarterly? Partly because writing a news story is a bit like hopscotch, jump rope and hide-n-seek used to be when we were kids – loads of fun. What makes the grownups' task even more compelling however: You learn a lot about what’s going on in the world, and you get to share."
Charlotte was busy doing stories for two of my other projects, so none of her stories will appear in our first issue. But she's going to help with some of the editing chores for this first issue. But I promise she'll be writing in future issues.
Thom Dudgeon has worked more than 31 years in newsrooms, including the AP and APA award-winning Mobile Register as graphics editor and for various advertising agencies, winning Addy and Communication Arts awards.
Thom did the covers for the Mobile newspaper's Business Register magazine when we were both at that paper. And I know how he works. I would tell him what the cover story would be and he always came up with a great cover.
He currently works as a self-employed infographic, layout and copy writing specialist. He received his bachelor of fine arts degree from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Fla.. He lives in Bay Minette, Ala.
"I've worked with Dave on similar projects in the past and realized that information like this was needed in our area - not just for business, but for the individual, presented in a way that was both thoughtful and understandable," he said.
Thom is putting together our cover for the January inaugural issue.
In the next posting, I'll introduce you to more members of our team, including the writer who is the co-founder of the Gulf Coast Reporters' League. - David Tortorano, editor