Archive for July, 2015

Charleston Daily Mail, early 1990s version

Monday, July 13, 2015

On days when we’re feeling nostalgic around here, we take a look at this video, which was made as a promotion for the Charleston Daily Mail around 1993:

The music is very intense. The voiceover is by longtime Charleston broadcaster Jim Reader. And the photographer with hair to match the times is Tom Hindman, who is still going strong on our staff (but with shorter hair.) Other than the tube-looking computers, our newsroom looks very much the same — cubicles, carpet and chairs. Obituaries, mentioned here as a free service, became a paid service several years ago and now are compiled in a department outside the newsroom. The process that’s depicted to receive photographs from the Associated Press… uh, that’s no longer the process.

The editor’s office is the one I (mostly) sit in. In the video, the editor is Dave Greenfield. His version of the office is much neater, and his hair is a lot better than mine. And his mustache? It’s off the charts.

At this point, in addition to the other steps in newspaper production being portrayed, we’d add post to web, Facebook (as a verb), tweet and possibly fire off a push notification.

In addition to enjoying this walk down memory lane, we hope you’re still enjoying your Charleston Daily Mail in print and/or online.

Meet the education writer: Megan Kennedy

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Megan Kennedy takes over the Daily Mail’s education beat from Samuel Speciale, who moves on to Statehouse. Education includes local schools, state education policy and higher education, so it’s a pretty big beat here. We’re glad to have Megan, and she seems pretty glad to be here. Here’s a bit more about her.

Megan Kennedy, reporter at the Charleston Daily Mail.   Charleston Daily Mail/Craig Cunningham 06/30/15

Megan Kennedy, reporter at the Charleston Daily Mail. Charleston Daily Mail/Craig Cunningham 06/30/15

Name: Megan P. Kennedy

Lives in: Charleston

Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio

Position at the Daily Mail:  Education reporter

Graduated from: University of Dayton

With a degree in: Communication with a concentration in Journalism. I also have a minor in Anthropology.

Twitter handle: @wvschools

1. What was your first job? I was a grocery bagger for a grocery store. It was a painfully awkward time in my life.

2. What made you want to become a journalist? I’m extremely inquisitive about everything. Journalism allows me to explore my interests while simultaneously informing the public.

3. What do you like most about your job? The least? I love the openness of the newsroom. Everyone is so welcoming and friendly that I never really felt like the new person. So far, my sources have also been fabulous. Is it cliche to say that I don’t have a dislike? Maybe ask me again in a few months…

4. What do you do in your spare time? I spend a lot of time with my dog, Carl. I thoroughly enjoy the outdoors, so my fiance and I spend as much time outside as we can!

5. What’s the most satisfying journalistic effort you’ve produced? About two weeks after I started my journalistic career as a general assignment reporter right after college, I went an execution of a man who had murdered a woman and her unborn child. Since I was still so new to the job, the article itself wasn’t my best, but the experience is one I’ll likely never experience again.

Megan Kennedy's rarely worn sunglasses

Megan Kennedy’s rarely worn sunglasses

6. Name a personal item that is or will be on your desk: A pair of sunglasses that I found in Put-In-Bay, Ohio. I’ve never actually worn them, but they remind me of vacation!

7. Your favorite blog you read or Twitter feed you follow: Overheard Newsroom (@OHnewsroom). Hands down one of the funniest Twitter feeds.

8. What’s your favorite TV show? Book? TV show: The Killing (it’s on Netflix) and book: The Life of Pi.

9. What’s your favorite place in West Virginia? I haven’t had the chance to venture out much, just yet, but Charleston is a fun and lively place!

10. What’s one newsroom quirk you were surprised about? How well-versed everyone is with the show “Arrested Development.” I was pleasantly surprised that I’m not the only one who can quote the show nearly in its entirety.