Written By: Lisa Breslin
At a time when most people place print journalism in quicksand and news about Ray Rice and Robin Williams weight hearts, it is an incredible honor and challenge to step in as the editor of Carroll Magazine.
Since the publication launched 11 years ago, it has been my solace. Whether I am being mentored by Sherwood Kohn, or welcomed into your homes for an interview, or mingling at community events for Faces and Places, I am constantly reminded of both the hope and the needs of the community.
I am also keenly aware of how one magazine, one story, one photo, even one sentence can touch readers – or put them to sleep.
I hope Carroll Magazine is solace for you – a go-to read to learn about people in the community, places to explore, ways to relax, ways to live meaningful lives.
Marjory Abrams, chief content officer for Bottom Line Publications, once noted in The Huffington Post that “there’s something about the experience of flipping through a print publication that you can’t easily duplicate when reading content online.”
“Online, people go in search of the information they are looking for,” she adds. “Have a question? Just ask Google and it finds the answer (too many answers!) for you. Of course, we sometimes stray from the site with the answer, but we go on the path we select – from link to link of interesting-sounding headlines. There’s so much that we won’t ever see this way.”
Abrams praises serendipity. By flipping from page to page in a print publication, “[w]e peek at every headline. Things we didn’t know we wanted to know catch our eye … inform us … sometimes change our lives.”
Carroll Magazine’s infinite mission is to provide well-reported, well-written stories and tidbits that reward your serendipitous flip of every page.
We hope you grab the magazine when you want to know where to eat, where to shop, or what to cook for the holiday party. We hope you’ll find stories with enough complexity and wonder that you want to sink into them during hunks of your free time.
And we hope you will share your reactions to what you read.
At the end of each story, we now offer an email address for you to share feedback about the magazine and share story ideas that you would like for reporters to explore.
With this issue, we welcome Kym Byrnes, the former editor of Westminster Patch, to our team as the magazine’s associate editor. Kym brings a wealth of talent and community awareness.
Thank you for letting Carroll Magazine share your stories.
Print journalism in quicksand? No.
We hope to remain well-rooted in the Carroll community.