Just a little more than four years ago, I moved back to this area for an education reporting position at The Goshen News, a paper I’d grown up reading.
The long hours, weekend shifts and holidays missed paled in comparison to the personal and professional growth I experienced. When I was tapped to serve as editor two years ago, I excitedly checked off another mark on my long list of career goals.
It’s been my honor to serve you, our faithful readers, and to lead a team of journalists who work tirelessly to provide the best possible local content.
There are many things I’ll miss about this job — and several things I won’t — but it’s time for my next adventure.
I’m leaving my post as editor for a newly created communications position at Concord Community Schools. I’ve found a new career that will pair my love of storytelling with my passion for education and I couldn’t be more excited.
As I’ve begun telling people about my future plans, it’s discouraging to hear how many assume I’m leaving because of the state of journalism.
That couldn’t be further from the truth. I love journalism and always will.
I’ve worked with too many talented, dedicated newspaper folks to believe for a second that this profession is dying or that there’s no longer a need for defenders of the First Amendment. I’ll continue cheering from the sidelines as misdeeds are exposed and the world is made better by stories shared.
To the current newsroom staff — Aimee Ambrose, Leandra Beabout, Austin Hough, Greg Keim, John Kline, Geoff Lesar, Ben Mikesell, Roger Schneider, Sheila Selman and Ann Showalter — from the bottom of my heart, I thank you. Keep fighting the good fight no matter what the future might hold.
I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished during my time at The Goshen News, but wise enough to know I was just a cog in the wheel.
I’m proud to have been the first female editor of this 182-year-old newspaper and I hope more talented women will follow their dreams of succeeding in this traditionally male-dominated field.
But more than anything, I’m proud to be part of this community that rallies behind the men and women who need a helping hand.
Readers, I ask that you continue to support local journalism. The profession is under assault by our nation’s leader who can’t reconcile the difference between biased, unprofessional members of the media and those who sit in a building on Main Street in Goshen and work hard to provide well-balanced news coverage that informs the public.
I keep a quote from a friend and mentor on my desk to remind me of the importance of journalists as storytellers and truth-seekers. I’ve quoted this before and surely will again in my lifetime.
"But journalism always has been a tough business for tough and tough-minded people. The profession will endure, because people, their lives and their stories always will matter."
Thank you for reading The Goshen News.
Julie Crothers Beer is a native of Syracuse. She started her career at The Goshen News as the education reporter in 2014, and was promoted to managing editor in August 2016. Her last day was Friday.