New year brings fresh changes at Georgia Voice

GA Voice - - Outspoken -

By PA­TRICK SAUN­DERS

Of the nu­mer­ous re­ac­tions to the elec­tion of Don­ald Trump to the pres­i­dency of the United States, one of the com­mon ones that emerged was a de­sire to get more in­volved in the elec­toral process, whether through a new or reded­i­cated com­mit­ment to LGBT ac­tivism or an en­try into pol­i­tics. That same re­ac­tion was felt here with the Georgia Voice staff.

For me per­son­ally, it made me think about what kind of role I want to have in the con­ver­sa­tion go­ing for­ward. What op­por­tu­ni­ties were there within my grasp that I could uti­lize to re­port on and speak out for Georgia’s LGBT com­mu­nity? For my com­mu­nity.

On that note, some of you may have no­ticed the “in­terim ed­i­tor” tag on my ti­tle for the past few months. It’s a po­si­tion that I’ve re­sisted pur­su­ing for one rea­son or an­other, a ma­jor one be­ing that I wanted to stay in the thick of things on the ground as the lead re­porter for Georgia Voice. But cir­cum­stances have changed.

That be­ing said, I’m hon­ored to be the next ed­i­tor of Georgia Voice.

It’s a po­si­tion I prom­ise you I will never take lightly, and I’m grate­ful to Tim Boyd and Chris Cash for giv­ing me the op­por­tu­nity. I also prom­ise to stay just as deep in the thick of things as be­fore, al­beit in a dif­fer­ent ca­pac­ity.

And I prom­ise you that we will, to the best of our abil­i­ties, tell the sto­ries of ev­ery­one in our com­mu­nity. In­ter­sec­tion­al­ity is not a con­cept I take lightly, and I am well aware of my priv­i­lege as a white, cis­gen­der gay man.

With this change will come oth­ers that I hope you’ll be as ex­cited about as I am. First off, of course, is in­tro­duc­ing our new deputy ed­i­tor, Dal­las Dun­can. Dal­las is an ex­cel­lent re­porter who we’re very ex­cited to have on board, and if you haven’t met her yet, you’re sure to in the com­ing weeks and months.

We’re also ex­pand­ing our reach by adding new dis­tri­bu­tion points for our bi-weekly print prod­uct – so yes, we have heard you, OTP folks, and you’ll be able to pick up the lat­est copy of Georgia Voice near you soon.

We’ll also be mak­ing some changes to our on­line prod­uct in the weeks ahead, some more sig­nif­i­cant than oth­ers, but all done in or­der to make your ex­pe­ri­ence a bet­ter and more efficient one.

We’re also work­ing on new ways to bring you more in­no­va­tive, in­ter­ac­tive cov­er­age via so­cial me­dia, so keep an eye out for that. And get ready to see a lot more use of video in our cov­er­age as well.

And now that we have a full ed­i­to­rial staff again, we’re ready again to bring you the hard­hit­ting, in-depth sto­ries and break­ing news you’ve come to ex­pect from us – not to men­tion the A&E, com­mu­nity and other news you’ve told us you en­joy. That means Jim Farmer will con­tinue to bring you the best the­ater, film and events cov­er­age and Cliff Bo­s­tock will con­tinue to give you the scoop on the city’s din­ing scene.

Like hear­ing opin­ions? Our fea­tured colum­nists Melissa Carter, Ryan Lee, Ashleigh Atwell, Si­mon Wil­liamson and Bill Kaelin are bring­ing it hard again in 2017.

Lastly, we want to hear from you. What’s got you fired up? What can we do bet­ter? What’s your story? Let me know by send­ing an email to ed­i­tor@the­gavoice.com.

It’s a new year with new op­por­tu­ni­ties. Let’s tackle them to­gether.

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