Sunday, January 3, 2016

Associate introduction, Part VII

This is the final post introducing our associates before the first issue of the Gulf Coast Reporters' League Business Quarterly publishes Tuesday. I want to introduce the newest addition to our team, along with some of the folks who work behind the scenes.

Rhoda Pickett spent nearly 25 years as a newspaper reporter, most of that time as a general assignment reporter for the Mobile Press-Register. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Spelman College, a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Southern Mississippi and a master’s degree in liberal arts from Spring Hill College. She's a freelance writer and an adjunct instructor in communication.

"What happens in business affects every part of our lives. When something happens – such as a hurricane or an oil spill – it causes quite a domino effect," she said. "Here along the Gulf Coast, those dominoes are placed pretty close together."

I worked with Rhoda at the Mobile paper, and she didn't come aboard in time to get any stories in our first issue, but she will be involved in future issues of the magazine both as a writer and editor.

There are some names you won't see in the magazine, and these are the folks who are doing work for this magazine that doesn't involved a byline. Judith Rojeski kept the newsroom running smoothly when I was at the Mobile Press-Register, and for the magazine she's a proof reader and researcher. She's one of those go-to people that every successful organization needs. Pam Baker was an executive secretary at the Mobile Press-Register when I worked there. She's also someone who will do whatever is needed to make sure a project is successful. Gloria Tortorano handles our financials, and you'll occasionally see her credit line with photos. She's a former business owner and one time photo stringer, and she's my wife.

And then there's me. I've worked at a number of daily papers in the Gulf Coast, and previously worked at newspapers in Huntsville and California. Back in the late 90s, when I was business editor at the Mobile paper, I helped create a regional business magazine that spanned the region between South Mississippi and the extreme western region of Northwest Florida.

That magazine may have been ahead of its time. But now it seems appropriate to pick up where that magazine left off, and to enlarge its coverage area. The ties across this Gulf Coast region are strong and there are important stories to tell about the commerce in this region.

We look forward to publishing our first edition Tuesday. You can take a look at our first edition table of contents by clicking on the icon in the right-hand column. And for those of you who still prefer holding a magazine in your hand, you'll be able to do that, too. If you're interested, you can purchase a magazine at cost - shipping is extra - from a print-on-demand service we have used for close to 10 years now. Late next week you'll be able to go to www.lulu.com and search for Gulf Coast Reporters' League Business Quarterly.

We hope you make us a part of your regular reading routine.

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