Patch Editor to Leave After Two Years in Chelmsford
My last day is tomorrow.
To the great residents of Chelmsford:
Two years ago, I took big chance by taking a job with company nobody had ever heard of called "Patch." As a journalist with background purely in print, I was so happy to be part of "new media." I was excited to learn new skills and take on more responsibility than I was ever allowed to do while working for a traditional paper.
I came into town and started meeting all of you. You welcomed me with open arms even though you had no idea what Patch was. You let me quote you in articles, take pictures of you, and even take video of you talking about the issues in town that matter you to most.
When the town faced difficult moments, such as dealing with the suicide of a local veteran and Chelmsford High football coach Michael Hogan Smith, I did my best to write the news in such a way that honored him and his family.
When Chelmsford faced unprecedented events such as the 2011 selectmen recall election, I remember working for about 15 hours straight on that Election Day. Not only did we take photos and post video after video, we liveblogged the election results to bring them to you as soon as they were posted in Town Hall.
But working in Chelmsford hasn't been all about working long hours and doom and gloom. How about stories such as Joan Wojtas donating a kidney to her brother, or the Poultens, a local military family whose dedication to their country is truly inspiring.Writing stories such as these - and tons more - has been truly rewarding for me.
I was also recently recognized with a Sadie Award, and I couldn't be more humbled.
But it's time for me to chase another dream. In January, I began working on my Master's of Science in sports management at Southern New Hampshire University with the hope that I might someday find a job in athletic communications.
Anyone who knows me can attest that I am a huge hockey fan and have been for about six years since I started watching college hockey at UMass Lowell. I've been playing the game myself for about two years. So when the opportunity presented itself to take a job as an operations coordinator for The Hockey Academy, I decided to take it.
It is a huge change from journalism but as they say: "If your dreams don't scare you, then they're not big enough."
So what does this mean for Chelmsford Patch? Not much. Patch will go on as Andrew Sylvia, the editor for Westford Patch, will take over Chelmsford's site. Feel free to shoot him an e-mail with any news tips you might have, or just to introduce yourself as he works to find the pulse of Chelmsford, just like I did two years ago.
Feel free to always reach out to me at my personal e-mail address, firstname.lastname@example.org. I'll also be at Brickhouse tonight starting at 6 p.m. for a goodbye party hosted by some Chelmsfordians. Come have a drink with me and allow me to give you one last hug or hand-shake before I embark on my exciting new journey.
I have grown to love Chelmsford just as much as I love my own hometown. I'm not leaving the general area, so if you see me at some of my favorite town events, like the day before Thanksgiving walk or the Farm Fair, don't be a stranger.