The more things change … |

The more things change …

Mike Bennett
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What is the situation with Kelley Cox? While we prefer not to discuss internal operational decisions, this question has come up so much that I felt it was worthy of an exception.

Kelley was working part time for us over the past year, but we decided to utilize her position to add another reporter to create more local content.

Kelley told us she would be interested in working for us on a freelance basis. Our hope is to have just as many Kelley Cox photographs as we have had in the past.

Technology has caused changes in all walks of life. The advent of digital cameras taking high quality photographs has become commonplace. Even smart phones today have high quality cameras built in to them. Our reporters now have dual roles adding photography and even videography to their bag of tricks.

I think you will agree that sports editor Jon Mitchell is not only a very good writer but also quite a talented photographer.

You are all encouraged to send us your best shots. Look for our next big online photo contest, “Summer Fun” beginning Memorial Day weekend. We will be offering a $250 grand prize for the best local shot of the summer. The best of the best will be published throughout the summer.

Newspapers across the country have eliminated the photographer position from their staffing. The Chicago Sun-Times made news when they eliminated their staff of 28 full-time photographers a year ago. Instead they also went the freelance route.

After 61 years on this Earth, I’ve learned that one thing is for certain: Not much stays the same forever. Thinking back to the days when I began in this industry, it was like a different world. We used typewriters, rotary dial telephones, carbon paper, X-Acto knives, film and paste up with hot wax, and we used people as couriers. In those days we had no fax machines or computers. The Associated Press actually sent stories over a “wire.”

That was 40 years ago. I must be getting old.

Speaking of change, I’m sad to say editor Drew Munro and his wife have decided to go back to their longtime home in Grand Junction. We are currently searching for his replacement. And we will make that person sign an oath in blood to be with us for at least 10 years.

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