Thursday, January 22, 2009

Update 2009

This is a long-overdue update post. When I last wrote, I was headed into the adventure of full-time editing for the Observer's Neighbors of Southern Mecklenburg. You may have heard that the Observer has undergone some budget-cutting in the past year, and now that section no longer exists. But, I'm happy to report that I was able to move into the Observer's magazine division last summer, and I've continued to enjoy my work there.

The Observer publishes six magazines, many of which have operated almost completely independently until recently. Now, their editorial divisions fall under the command of the Observer's newsroom. I first stepped in as the editor of University City Magazine and SouthPark Magazine - later, due to more personnel shuffling, I traded Ucity for Lake Norman Magazine. Both SouthPark and Lake Norman are community lifestyle magazines with devoted audiences, and both experiences are gratifying for me. I still have the same e-mail address:

While the Observer no longer promotes this blog, occasionally people still find it in cyberspace and post comments - and I do still see them, so please feel free to continue posting if the mood strikes you. If you have a newcomer-related question, your best bet is to write my successor Amy Baldwin, at I hope to launch an editor blog for SouthPark and/or Lake Norman, and I'll put another update here if I do! I also hope to get that Twitter thing figured out someday.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

How long does the new comer blogger typically do that blog. Hasn't Amy been here for a while and no longer considered a new comer?

4:14 PM  
Blogger Leigh said...

The author of the newcomer blog isn't writing about being a newcomer - I grew up in Charlotte. It's about being someone who can help newcomers figure this place out! Amy has been here enough time to offer newcomers some useful advice. And newcomers tend to meet each other and learn each other's perspectives from the comment posts.

7:26 PM  
Anonymous yoga for athletes said...

The Observer still has an avid fan in me.

9:22 PM  

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