Opinion: Meet Caitlin Row, managing editor of Tahoe Daily Tribune
Why are you a journalist?
When I entered journalism school, I did so because I love to write. The simple act of creation, on deadline, is satisfying.
What keeps me engaged in news media is my desire to showcase the bright spots — special people, businesses and events that make a location unique.
What excites you about Tahoe Daily Tribune?
I like that it focuses on what prompts residents to proudly call South Lake Tahoe, and the surrounding region, home.
Along with Tahoe-focused events and issues, we strive to publish stories of local people, spanning all ages and walks of life, who might otherwise be unheard. We are responsible to our readers and advertisers — everyone, whether they are locals, visitors or second-home owners — and we seek to represent those vastly different interests online, in print and in special sections like Tahoe Magazine.
Where did you come from?
I hail from Wisconsin originally, and I earned my journalism degree from Miami University in Ohio. While living in Colorado, I first reported for Summit Daily News (serving Breckenridge and its surrounding high country communities); then I worked as editor of Grand Junction Free Press (serving a steady stream of visitors and locals in Colorado’s mountain-bike country). Both news organizations are owned by Swift Communications, the parent company of Tahoe Daily Tribune. I’ve made a steady march westward over the years, primarily due to an avid interest in recreation, tourism and America’s western culture. South Lake Tahoe is a beautiful next step, and it’s a location I love to call home.
What are your goals for the operation in your first year as editor?
I hope to include even more local faces and opinions in Tahoe Daily Tribune, highlighting everything that makes South Lake Tahoe a special place to live, work and play. A focus on South Shore’s vibe — the community spirit — will also receive increased editorial focus heading into 2016. These are the stories that create buzz about our hometown, which also happens to be an international destination focused on entertainment and recreation.
As a reader, what should I expect to be different in Tahoe Daily Tribune six months from now?
Readers will enjoy a more diverse opinion section, along with focused attention on community driven issues, recreation, culture, hyper-local businesses and area innovations. Tahoe Daily Tribune’s print pages will seek to understand the area’s strengths as well as unique challenges, while its online presence will aim to serve a broader audience, including those choosing to visit the area from afar.
Recognizing South Lake Tahoe, which straddles two states, as both a traditional community and a destination resort, what challenges does that create for you and for the Tahoe Daily Tribune? How will the news organization seek to balance the community’s divergent views?
I am just beginning to understand the challenges that are specific to this community, but I look forward to diving into South Lake Tahoe issues, and talking with community members and visitors alike to pinpoint the area’s opportunities. We are fortunate to have so many people invested in making South Lake Tahoe an appealing vacation destination and a livable town. Though I come from vacation markets with similar attributes, I recognize that being new to the area creates unique challenges. My hope is that the community embraces and educates me. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, please reach out — tell me why you love the area and describe what keeps you here … or coming back.
What do you do for fun?
I hike, I jog, I ski, I SUP, I dine out and I play with my pooch, Juliette. I hope to see you on the trails!
How can readers contact you?
Call 530-542-8006, email firstname.lastname@example.org or follow http://www.twitter.com/CRowTahoe. I always want to hear from my readers, whether it’s about a story idea, a letter to the editor, a kudos and kindness submission or a community photo. Find Tahoe Daily Tribune online — http://www.tahoedailytribune.com, on Twitter — http://www.twitter.com/TahoeDailyTrib, on Instagram — http://www.instagram.com/tahoesnaps and on Facebook — http://www.facebook.com/TahoeDailyTribune.
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