NSJ committed to objectively covering ‘The Whole State’

I’ll admit that having my first print deadline as North State Journal’s senior editor on the same day as North Carolina’s primary election carried a bit of weight.

I’ve been a part of NSJ since its first issue — back when the idea of someone creating a newspaper startup in 2016 turned more than a few heads — and have served as sports editor for the last 6½ years.

Those in the newspaper business call sports “the toy department,” a place where the stakes usually aren’t too high — regardless of what fans think. But covering sports requires passion, commitment and the ability to build relationships with high-profile public figures.

That translates across all spectrums of a news organization, and the goal remains the same: to provide objective coverage that supersedes personal biases, beliefs, morals and values in service of the public. Our editors, writers and photographers will approach every story with fresh eyes and a commitment to giving our readers an impartial look at the stories that make North Carolina special.

The late avant-garde filmmaker Stan Brakhage said: “Imagine an eye unruled by man-made laws of perspective, an eye unprejudiced by compositional logic, an eye which does not respond to the name of everything but which must know each object encountered in life through an adventure of perception.”

In a year with a presidential and gubernatorial campaign and election, there will be plenty of stories to tell. Our community papers will supplement our statewide race coverage with essential local election reporting. We will also highlight businesses, events and people that will make us smile, laugh and cry.

We will do it all with an unprejudiced eye.

My mission for North State Journal and its seven community publications is to be a beacon for journalism across our beautiful, diverse and rapidly growing state, all while making it a fulfilling adventure for our journalists.

Join us for the ride.