By now, news may have reached you that I’ll be taking the helm of the Albany Journal on Nov. 1 of this year. To be honest, this is a somewhat terrifying experience. For six years, I’ve had the security of a terrific job with a contractor at MCLB Albany, and then been blessed with some great co-workers who I will miss a great deal.
There have been some concerns expressed, though. Some folks worry that I will make wholesale changes here at The Albany Journal. Well, I want to tell you that it’s not going to happen.
Now, there will be changes as time marches on. It’s inevitable. A newspaper must change with the time or it will die. However, making wholesale changes now would be simply a matter of making changes for change’s sake, and I honestly believe that’s the path to disaster.
For the last several years, Kevin Hogencamp has done a tremendous job with this paper. In truth, had Kevin not had his hands on this paper for the last several years, I probably wouldn’t have touched this opportunity. The Journal wasn’t a newspaper, but a scandal sheet. However, Kevin made the changes and brought a level of respectability that was sorely lacking.
I hope to help the paper grow. More great stories each week, so many that you can’t afford to not buy a paper. I won’t make any apologies about that, because that’s what a paper should be trying to do.
There are some who seem happy about the news. There are others who aren’t going to be at all. I’m fine with it. I have to do what needs to be done, and the best way to put out a good paper is to dig for the truth and print it. Period. A paper who fails to do that is doing a disservice to its readers.
I can also promise that I have zero intention of letting the paper slide back into the old days of Brittney James and the gossip that accompanied her. While that was entertaining, and it sold well, it wasn’t news. There’s plenty of news that needs to be reported, and that’s what I’ll be working on for each and every one of you.
People fear change. In this instance, that’s fine because there’s nothing to fear.
Written by Tom Knighton. Tom Knighton is the managing editor of Laws-n-Sausages.com, a political blog focusing on SWGA. He is the former co-owners of SWGAPolitics.com and currently serves as the Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Southwest Georgia