Archive for February, 2015

Meet the copy editor: Cathy Caudill

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Cathy Caudill is a Charleston native and a former Charleston Daily Mail intern, where she earned bylines as a reporter. After she worked for us as an intern, she went off to graduate school. A couple of months ago, we had an opening on our copy desk — those unsung heroes who edit stories, write headlines, design attractive newspaper pages and keep our website running on time.

We hired Cathy back for that spot, and she’s jumped right in. Because her duties are largely behind the scenes, you won’t see her name much. Here’s a little more about her:


Cathy Caudill

Name: Cathy Caudill

Lives in: Charleston, W.Va.

Hometown: Charleston, W.Va.

Position at the Daily Mail: Copy Editor

Graduated from: High Point University (undergrad); UNC-Greensboro (grad)

With a degree in: English Writing, History

Twitter handle: Deleted. (Please don’t make me get another, I tried and can’t make sense of it.)

1. What was your first job? Intern reporter at the Daily Mail. Or first full-time job? Copy editor at The Education Center.

2. What made you want to become a journalist? I love creative writing, but I’m terrible at coming up with original subjects to write about. I liked that journalism gave me an assignment.

3. What do you like most about your job? The least? I love being super informed about interesting things going on in town. The worst part is being super informed about tragedies.

4. What do you do in your spare time? I’m a big DIY-er and crafter. Lately I’ve been having fun with woodworking, making frames and doing wood-inlay. One day I want to make furniture. I’m saving for a power saw.

5. What’s your favorite journalistic effort you’ve produced? One of my first stories as an intern was about a man who’d had a double-lung transplant. It was a moving story, but I especially loved meeting him for the interview at his home. He was a taxidermy hobbyist, and there were taxidermied animals covering every inch of his home. It was bizarre and magnificent.

6. Name a personal item that is or will be on your desk: My Charley West mug. It was here when I got here, and I’m still not sure if it’s technically mine, but I’m claiming it. You’re not getting it back.

7. Your favorite blog you read or Twitter feed you follow: I follow NPR’s news and blogs pretty regularly. I read all day at work, so I like that I often get the option of listening to their stories.

8. What’s your favorite TV show? Book? “Parks and Recreation”; anything by Haruki Murakami

9. What’s your favorite place in West Virginia? The Potomac Highlands

10. What’s one newsroom quirk you were surprised about? There are more toys in here than a nursery.

WV snowstorm, photos from social media

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

It snowed and snowed and snowed. So, what to do? Take a picture.

Follow along for Snowstorm 2015

Monday, February 16, 2015

Follow along for updates about the snowstorm

Live Blog Snowstorm 2015

When the press is running, it’s humming

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

If you’re a subscriber to one of The Charleston newspapers, you probably know by now that we’ve had some printing problems resulting in significant delivery delays.

Believe me, a lot of people here are very concerned and are trying to solve the problems.

Describing what is happening isn’t hard: Long rolls of paper run through a big blue printing press that is 100 feet long and 30 feet high. The paper has been snapping repeatedly partway through the press run, resulting in long delays to reconfigure and get going again.

Then it snaps again.

Describing why it’s happening is more complicated: In addition to care and expertise from the experienced press crew at Charleston Newspapers, the company has had outside experts examine the press and the paper in the search for a solution.

If you’ve been puzzling over the problem, it’s helpful to visualize the press as the paper runs through it. I took video today while it was running pretty smoothly.

This is press room manager Matt Hindman inspecting the press:

Here’s an image of a page from the Daily Mail:

Here’s the press running slowly:

Here it is going faster:

And here’s another angle:

From the WVPress legislative breakfast

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Journalists and lawmakers gathered for coffee, eggs and ideas in Charleston. West Virginia lawmakers — and some lobbyists — talked about the issues that are making headlines during this legislative session.

And there are lots of issues — prevailing wage, right to work, energy portfolio and on and on.

Here are some samples of what was said. (And forgive my pinhead video; I wasn’t quite as close up as would have been optimal.)