Changing times, changing roles

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It was nearly seven years ago when CCJ editors decided we needed to add to our print magazine coverage of the trucking industry and put more emphasis on our daily online news reporting. We began dedicating more time and effort to breaking news stories, posting them on our CCJDigital.com Website as soon as we knew about it. And to complement our daily e-news coverage, we began publishing our e-newsletter, the CCJ Daily Report, which today is sent out every morning to roughly 40,000 readers.

I volunteered for the daunting task of gathering up the daily online news and posting personnel and product announcements sent by our readers and customers, and though I can’t lie and say it hasn’t been challenging at times to keep a 24/7 eye on all things trucking, it has been informative and rewarding. I can truthfully say I know more about the industry because of all those news-gathering years.

But times are changing, and fast online news isn’t enough to satisfy the public’s demand for even quicker real-time information. The social media environment is literally booming all around us, and the world of journalism is adjusting and trying to keep pace. Twitter blasts and Facebook posts help us inform you essentially as things happen, but it adds to the workload challenge.

That’s why we’ve reshuffled responsibilities here at CCJ and our sister magazine, Overdrive. Starting Monday, Oct. 15, I’ll be stepping away from the online world and managing the print editions of CCJ and Overdrive. James Jalliet, Overdrive’s talented associate editor, will begin directing more unified online coverage for both CCJ and Overdrive, and along with that, he’ll be compiling the CCJ Daily Report. On the social media front for both magazines, James will get extremely capable real-time help from Kathleen Buccleugh, who I’m replacing as Overdrive’s managing editor.

It’s all part of an effort to put talented people in their best roles, and to provide our readers with more unified and thorough coverage for both magazines, both online and in print. Hopefully we’re up to the task of making all of it better and more informative for you. Let us know how we’re doing.