It’s time for this computer geek turned journalist to move on.
I started my news career in a dark cubicle outside of a West Covina newsroom 12 years ago, shoveling articles onto what was referred to as the “information highway.” After stints creating and managing online ads and in web development for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group, I found my way into newsrooms and evangelized for social media before exiting the industry last month as a business columnist.
I’m happy with my career so far. I feel that I’ve helped people. I’ve helped local businesses learn about their partners and competitors through my column. I’ve helped colleagues use their tools more easily creating widgets that improved those tools. I’ve helped advertisers reach their customers by creating and delivering their ads. I’ve helped fellow journalists and members of the local community use social media effectively by sharing what I’ve learned and organizing events where they could learn more.
I realize that my passion comes from building connections, and I plan to do more of that. I haven’t “landed” yet, but my goal is clear. I want to help people and/or companies make connections to reach their goals. To do that I must keep my options open, because there are so many professions that fit that bill:
- Journalists connect news consumers to helpful information.
- Public relations professionals connect organizations to the public.
- Marketers connect products or services to people who can use them.
- Managers connect team members to work as one collaborative unit.
- Analysts connect data to actionable insights.
- Developers connect users to the tasks they need to complete.