Tools of the (Journalist’s) Trade
I once heard it said that having a decent set of tools and knowing what to do with them is a surefire way to get any job done.
I thought of that advice, albeit with a twist, when I assumed the editors post with this issue of 24×7.
The tools I bring to this position and know how to use are those of a journalist: I observe people and events. I listen to what readers want, and I understand how to put that into a form and style they want to read. Journalists prove to be quick studies who can explain scientific, technical and other aspects in a story-telling style. And isnt that, after all, what 24×7 does? Tells stories about you and the situations affecting your work?
But let me assure you that 24×7 and I are not strangers.
As associate editor the last two years, Ive written articles for the magazine electrical safety analyzers, trace gas, ISO 9000 registration, hybrid vehicles and fleet driver training, for example and I was fortunate enough to have written those features under the tutelage of Bob Larkin. Bob and I, by the way, visited a local Ace Hardware together one recent Sunday he for a saw blade to handle tile repair; me, for some 3-inch, No. 8, flat-head wood screws for a furniture repair. Could that trip have symbolized a passing of the 24×7 baton?
It may be premature for me to discuss what I envision for 24×7 in this, my maiden column; Im learning new things about this industry every day. However, much like Eric Perron, president of the new group at Fluke who also finds himself at the helm of a new venture, I hope that you, our customers, will see very little difference and only improvement and maybe some better things in the future.
Having said that, I believe a writer sometimes does her best work when she experiences her subject up close when she takes the cow by the tale, so to speak. When stalking feature stories, Ive suited up in bright-yellow waders to deep-sea fish from daybreak to sundown. Ive lowered myself into underground caves and spelunked my way through parts of Pennsylvania. And, Ive groomed livestock for 4-H competitions, as the picture below attests. Ive tried hot-air ballooning, and Ive performed PMs on my former 1968 British-racing-green, black-vinyl-top, 8-cylinder Mustang. Oh, and did I mention that I take weekly ballet lessons?
I am looking forward to meeting you at the HealthTech Conference in Baltimore, April 21-23, and beyond! I am eager to hear from you and curious about what topics concern you the most. Im enthused about bringing you a magazine that interests and informs you, in the inimitable style that is 24×7s. See you at the show!