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New editor, old face takes helm at ‘The LTJ’

The Editor's Column
Posted by AdamSchrader on 2016/1/23 16:03:58 (2392 reads)

By Adam Schrader

Last week, Lewisville lost a great publication and I lost my job as its editor. For one year and six months, I served Lewisville readers by putting out a weekly publication called Neighborsgo for The Dallas Morning News.

But Lewisville will endure as many cities have through the loss of major publications and a shrinking industry. Thanks to Steve Southwell, I will endure too.

Hi, my name is Adam Schrader and I am the Interim Editor of The Lewisville Texan Journal. It is my privilege to once again put out a weekly newspaper in the area I grew up and served for many years.

I was born to Charles and Luciana Schrader of Flower Mound in 1990. I attended Heritage and Prairie Trail Elementary Schools, Briarhill Middle School and graduated from Marcus High School in 2008—when I went off to Lubbock Christian University to study music business. I wanted to be a hot producer like P. Diddy.

Upon the end of my time at LCU, an old friend and now ex-girlfriend of mine convinced me to get an internship at KCBD News Channel 11 in Lubbock, start a student newspaper and apply to graduate school in journalism. So I did.

I graduated with a master’s of journalism from the University of North Texas and have worked with The Dallas Business Journal, The Denton Record-Chronicle and the Morning News. My life hasn’t been the same since. I’ve never really looked back.

While I’m proud to have worked at the News, I’m excited for this new transition in my life. I get to cover Lewisville, a city that I love, once again on my hunt to take my career to the next level—hopefully on the national stage.

My time here may range from a couple of weeks to several months, or more. We’ll cross that bridge when the time comes. But until then, I hope to cover this city with attention and thoroughness.

This week, I’m excited for you to read stories by names you already recognize: Jennifer and Steve Southwell. Jennifer’s story about the Derby Divas, a new roller derby group in Lewisville, will inspire local women. Steve has written a great investigative piece about residents experiencing water woes.

You will continue to see their excellent writing, alongside my own name and other favorites from the community. I hope to grow the LTJ’s print and digital footprints, provide more staff-written stories and enhance our presence on social media. You may also soon see some changes from content to design—like the new formatting on the calendar—in weeks to come.

I know we’ll get through this transition together. If you have any concerns, let me know. I always welcome any feedback, story ideas and submissions you may have. Remember to follow me and the paper on Twitter at @schrader_adam and @LewisvilleTexan.

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