Scott Stanford: Newspaper shifts staff

Change is one of the exciting parts of this business

I have worked many jobs in the newspaper business.

I have written about agriculture and rodeo. I have been the managing editor for a newspaper owned by the world's largest ranch. I have been responsible for Web design. I have worked on a copy desk, covered City Hall, written editorials and managed a crew of stringers responsible for taking calls on more than 100 high school football games played in West Texas. I have delivered newspapers and taught journalism courses.

The point is, there are a lot of jobs to be done in a newsroom, and one of the great things about this business is getting the chance to do something different once in a while.

Recently, we changed a few things in our newsroom, and I wanted to make sure our readers knew about those changes.

Tom Ross, our longtime business reporter, has shifted to real estate coverage. Tom will be responsible for our Sunday real estate page and for growing the editorial content in our monthly real estate magazine, Yampa Valley Real Estate. Tom, who has done just about every job at this newspaper, will continue to write his popular Monday column. He also will continue to serve on our editorial board and contribute to our Outdoors page. To reach Tom, call 871-4205 or e-mail tross@steamboatpilot.com.

Matt Stensland, who has worked for us for six months after earning his degree at the University of Illinois, will take over Tom's role as lead business writer. Matt covers Hayden for us and will continue to do so. To get business news to Matt, call him at 871-4210 or e-mail mstensland@steamboatpilot.com.

Laura Meerkatz, who has been a copy editor for the Pilot & Today since the fall, is shifting into a new role as our online content editor. Laura will lead efforts to grow the content on our Web site, including the addition of more photos, video and interaction on the sites. Laura previously worked in the Internet department at the Lincoln (Neb.) Journal-Star. She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska.

We also have added an intern for the summer. Nicole Miller, who was born in Steamboat Springs and still has relatives here, has joined us for the summer. She is a student at the University of Colorado with plans to graduate in December. Previous interns have been reporters or advertising sales representatives; Nicole is the first intern we have had on the copy desk.

We also have added Dave Shively to our team. Dave, a graduate of Colorado College who was an intern at Paddler Magazine, joins the staff as a sports and general assignment reporter.

One of the reasons we hired Dave was to create more time for longtime sports reporter and photographer John Russell to take photos. John is leading the photo effort on our new magazine, At Home, which debuts in July.

The changes bring the number of journalists in our newsroom to 18, that's a 25 percent increase since I started with this newspaper in 2001. At a time when many newspapers are decreasing staff, I'm fortunate to work for one that is growing.

Change is one of the exciting parts of this business. I'm confident the recent changes in our staff will continue to help us serve our readers better.

From the Editor appears Thursdays in Steamboat Today. Send questions to Scott Stanford at sstanford@steamboatpilot.com, or call him at 871-4221.

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