We reorganized the newsroom earlier this yr, to extra sensibly put teams of reporters with comparable duties collectively, and our life and tradition editor obtained throughout me due to one of many modifications.
He not can be working with journey author and editor Susan Glaser. He tried each argument he might consider to cease the change.
Susan has that have an effect on on editors. She’s a pleasure to work with, a reporter who comes up with a stunning array of fascinating tales and writes them with polish. Her new editor, Wealthy Exner, has advised me repeatedly he needs he might clone her.
We’ve lengthy recognized what a gem we have now in Susan, and I believe our readers have recognized it, too. What I don’t assume individuals notice, nonetheless, is simply how particular she is.
We realized Tuesday that Susan and The Plain Supplier gained the gold award for newspaper journey protection from the Society of American Journey Writers.
The New York Instances obtained silver.
The Boston Globe obtained bronze.
Take into consideration that. Susan is a one-person operation. She singlehandedly does the reporting, writing and planning of our Sunday Journey part, with our gifted design group giving it visible pop. And he or she beat out big establishments with groups of individuals doing what she does alone.
That is what the judges needed to say:
“Whereas the Plain Supplier doesn’t go as far afield and maybe doesn’t have the sources because the nationwide metros, this part catered with laser deal with its readers. The tales have been about Ohio and any reader might expertise them inside a day’s drive. The writing type was private, like a great pal enjoyably telling you about their trip. The tales have been a delight and readers would possibly discover themselves taking notes and storing these sections away to make use of as their primary journey information.”
Precisely. They nailed it. Susan writes for all of us. She is aware of us, is aware of what we get pleasure from, and once we learn her tales, we need to go the place she has gone. When she wrote about heading off with her daughter for a few days in the Finger Lakes, who didn’t need to hop within the automotive and head for the Finger Lakes? When she wrote about spending a night in a floating tent on a river, who was not intrigued?
And her writing is so inviting. She is perhaps essentially the most accessible author in Cleveland. The judges picked up on why: she comes throughout like our pal.
I ought to observe that she doesn’t simply write about locations to go to. She is a tough information journey author, protecting the Cleveland tourism and hospitality enterprise, the conference business and Cleveland Hopkins Worldwide Airport. We’ve had lots of people cowl Hopkins within the 25 years I’ve been right here. Even I had a bit of it again within the day. Nobody has executed it higher than Susan. She has the sources. She is aware of the historical past. She understands how the place works and understands which components you care about.
And once I say she’s a hard-news reporter, I imply she’s fierce. She takes pleasure in breaking information. She’s the type of reporter who, when information breaks on her beat when she’s taking a time without work, will sprint it off and get it into an editor’s fingers quick.
I discuss rather a lot on this column in regards to the journalism you help if you subscribe to The Plain Supplier or cleveland.com. You help the work of reporters like Susan – formally one of the best journey editor in America. For those who get pleasure from her work, how about letting her know. You possibly can attain her at firstname.lastname@example.org