Let me just start by saying, as a journalist, I love talking with people; getting to know them and what makes them tick. It’s kind of a job requirement after all.
One thing I don’t like, however, is talking about myself. I am not all that interesting, I promise. But, here I am, the new kid on the block, well, at the UCBJ at least; and, in an effort to assure you that I am not some random person from off the street, I have been asked to introduce myself.
I graduated from Tennessee Tech in 2010 with a BS in Communications – News-Editorial, to be more precise. Why, you ask? Well, when one’s math skills are limited to the capabilities of a simple calculator, the career prospects are pretty sparse. Of course, that’s not the only reason I was drawn to this particular career field.
The more philosophical answer would be: as a journalist, I get to learn and write about a variety of topics – healthcare, finances, construction…the sky is the limit. And, it’s true, I love to learn. No two days are ever the same for me.
I made Cookeville my home during my college years and decided to stick around after graduation. Even though I’ve been in and out of the news world ever since, I am so glad to be back at it and to be a part of the UCBJ!
Why? Take a look around. Truly look. Do you see all of this development going on? All of this growth? I’m not talking just about Cookeville; which has seen an explosion of new developments recently.
Our region as a whole is growing by leaps and bounds and there are stories in every nook and cranny of the UC; stories of growth and perseverance, successes and challenges. Stories about you and stories that are of interest to you.
I’m ready to dig in and share these stories; to recognize the efforts of those who strive to make our communities a better place to work, live, and play.
As a new mom – see, I don’t really have to talk about myself; I can show you pictures of my slobbery, giggly five-month-old instead – my genuine interest in the progress of our community and our region is even greater than before.
It’s been a whirlwind of a first month for me in my new role here as managing editor and I only hope that it continues. I’m so excited to reconnect with old friends and colleagues and to meet the new faces that are shaping the UC to be the best place to call home.
Amye is the managing editor of the UCBJ and can be reached at email@example.com.