Nearly everything you see on this site has been touched by our online editor, Meg Martin, whose last day with us is April 25. This note went out to the newsroom today in recognition of Meg’s service to roanoke.com:
Just as she is hitting her five-year anniversary, Meg Martin will be leaving us to pursue a one-year project for American Public Media in St. Paul, Minn. (They bring you public radio biggies such as “Prairie Home Companion,” “Marketplace” and Jorge Valencia’s new employer, “The Story.”)
Meg came to us from Poynter in 2007 looking for a real-life newsroom experience. She got it beginning on her first day – April 16, 2007. From that intense day onward, she has devoted herself to building roanoke.com’s storytelling reputation through wild experiments like the TimesCast to award-winning work such as the “Legacy of the Flood.”
Just last week, the Society for News Design gave “special recognition” to roanoke.com in its annual awards. It’s hard not to read what the judges said without thinking of Meg’s influence on the site over the past five years:
“The Roanoke Times is emblematic of the challenges of a smaller community and team. Roanoke’s coverage may not be able to be as broad as national or international news organizations but it is deep within their community. The multimedia storytelling explores highly personal issues and forces viewers to confront issues that rarely surface in their daily lives.”
I asked Meg to describe her new job and, as you might expect, it’s not what you might consider a traditional journalism gig. Meg is excited about the frontiers she will once again cross:
I’ll officially be working for the Public Insight Network, which is a project of American Public Media, and I’ll be based in Saint Paul (at APM’s headquarters). I’ll be working under the direction of Jacqui (Banaszynski, former trainer at The Roanoke Times and journalism legend), alongside a team of three reporters (http://theamericannow.tumblr.com/bios), all of whom are already beginning their reporting here, at Dispatches from the American Now: http://theamericannow.tumblr.com/.
Our deepest thanks and best wishes go out to Meg as she leaves our mountains and
heads north to lake country.