The Next Step and a New Year

I would have been at the Chronicle for two years on Jan. 4, 2014.

I’ll be bringing in the New Year two days early with a new job.

I’ve been hired by the Journal Inquirer to cover a couple of towns for them.

But before I get into the new details I have some thanking and reminiscing to do.

The Chronicle has been amazing to me. I will never forget my time in Willimantic.

As I told publisher Pat Crosbie on my last Friday night shift, we are a family.

Her husband Kevin Crosbie died in April 2012 and since then, we have all had a bit more on our plate. No one complained, though. It’s been tough, but we’ve all gotten closer and I think the paper, itself, has grown a bit.

I told Pat that the past two (almost) years have been amazing and that I owe everything to her, the editors and my colleagues. I told her I was sorry and she told me not to be.

She said I’ll be missed and wished me luck on lies ahead for me.

I can’t even begin to describe how tough that was for me. I was worried she was going to get mad at me. The holidays are coming, the New Year is approaching and I almost feel like I’m letting the entire editorial department down.

Mike hired me before I finished my last exam at CCSU. I know my coverage area, four small towns, better than I do my hometown. I completely engrossed myself into my work and I’ve given 110 percent for two (almost) years.

My editors have taught me everything from avoiding words like “that” and stop writing sentences backwards.

My leads were pretty bad when I started (proof here and here), but I’ve gotten much, much better.

I love writing feature stories and I’m experienced with crime and courts. I think I’ve covered everything.

Just writing the last three sentences really brought back a ton of memories. I’ll be honest most of the memories are great, but there are some that will stick with me for all the wrong reasons.

Disclaimer: I’ve come to realize those stories are a part of the job. I’m not complaining, but, rather, stating the obvious. I’ve made that clear throughout my time blogging. I’m 24 and I know that there will be much more awful/tough stories to cover down the road. And I’m ready for them.

I’m going to miss the Chronicle team. Louisa, Michelle and I have quite literally grown-up together. It’s been tough, at times, but we’ve always done what we can to get the paper out.

I’m going to miss everyone.

I’m starting a new chapter with my life and I’m really nervous and excited.

I’ve been reading the JI since I was a kid. I think 85 percent of my mother’s family are subscribers to the JI and have been for years.

I’ve blogged about my internship at the JI, too. It was in the summer of 2008 and I loved it. I don’t remember how many hours I had to do, but I seriously tried to get hired by my editor. I barely had my associate’s degree and I thought I could do the job. I was just a kid then. I had no idea what was in store for me.

This time, I know. I’m ready. I know I’m ready.

As of right now, I’ll be covering three towns and I’ll be giving the JI 110 percent soon.

This blog won’t change and neither will the fire under my butt.

Thank you for reading.

Jonathan

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