“Regrettably, the time’s come to send you on your way.”
It hasn’t exactly been a well-kept secret, but I’ve finally decided the time is right to announce my time at the newspaper is coming to a close.
Nov. 29 is fast approaching and I’m packing up things in my office like it’s Boxing Day. When I turn out the lights in my office on Nov. 29, it will be a bittersweet moment.
After seven years in my second stint with the Creston News Advertiser, I have made the decision to make a bit of a career swerve. In December, I will be starting a new career at Southwestern Community College.
It will be a shock to the system after spending the majority of my working life in the newspaper industry. It won’t be totally unfamiliar to me, however.
A large part of my duties at Southwestern Community College will be in marketing, which is something I’ve been thinking about making a return to for nearly a year now. After graduating from Saint Louis University in May 2011, I had the opportunity to work at The Switch Agency in St. Louis, first as a digital media intern and then later as a contracted editor, working in marketing, specifically in video editing and production.
That work included some of the most fun projects I’ve worked on and, as I’ve thought about my future and where it might take me, that line of work became more and more appealing to me.
It’s an exciting venture for me, as I’m looking forward to new challenges and opportunities to learn and grow my skill set.
It will feel strange for me to not be part of the Creston News Advertiser team any longer. I first started working at the Creston News Advertiser as a junior in high school, when Larry Peterson recruited me to help out as the sports assistant.
That opportunity solidified for me that I wanted to pursue journalism as a career and gave me a leg up on my fellow classmates at Saint Louis University, thanks to the two years of newspaper experience I acquired while I was in high school.
I owe a lot to Larry, for taking a chance on me and also teaching me so much throughout my career. Even as I’ve moved into the managing editor role and Larry into a part-time role at the newspaper, it has been nice to call on his experience and expertise.
We spent nearly five years working side by side in the sports department on a nightly basis and I’m extremely proud of our work together during that time. We worked well together as a team and had fun chasing our area athletes all over the state.
When I decided on a career in journalism, I never envisioned myself becoming managing editor of a newspaper. All I had ever wanted to do was report on sports. So, when former managing editor Kyle Wilson and publisher Rich Paulsen approached me about becoming managing editor, I was skeptical.
But, I’m happy with my decision to take on the challenge. And a challenge it has been. This job has pushed me more than any other work experience I’ve had. Along the way, I feel like I have grown as a journalist and improved in so many ways.
I can’t thank all those I have worked with at the newspaper enough. It has truly been an honor to work together with so many great people. I will forever cherish the relationships I’ve made with those at the newspaper, as well as all the memories.
I promise I won’t be a stranger. I’m sure you’ll all still see me around, whether it’s in my new job at Southwestern or in a more familiar role at a game somewhere with a camera around my neck.
This farewell wouldn’t be complete without a thank you to all of you. This job has helped me create new friendships and get to know so many new people. It has made me a familiar face in so many wonderful communities.
I want to thank all of you for reading my stories over the years. Thank you for all of your feedback, both the positive and the negative. Thank you for the thousands of #spotscott tweets. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your lives and for letting me tell your stories.
I know I’ll see you all again, this side or the other.
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Twitter – @scottvicker
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