editorial (2005-51)

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Looking Forward

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Looking Forward

As the holiday season has rolled around this year, we’ve undergone a reorganization in the Metro Pulse editorial offices that we believe will enhance our ability to provide our readers with a better product and a livelier face, issue in and issue out.

Occasioned in part by the departure of our former arts and entertainment editor, Paige Travis, who has gone off to seek her fortune at Knoxville’s AC Entertainment, we’ve moved some of our best, most promising people into new roles.

Leslie Wylie, the former managing editor of Metro Pulse and of Knoxville Magazine , our sister publication, has been named editor, with responsibility for the overall content of the paper. She is a gifted writer and editor, a product of the University of Tennessee and its graduate school of journalism. She has brought fresh and stimulating ideas to our paper in the last year, taking time out only for a jaunt to Ireland, where she worked for a couple of months at a magazine, Hot Press , in Dublin, and has been a contributor for several years before joining the staff.

Barry Henderson, who was editor the past three years and was senior editor, managing editor and editor before that, has returned to the senior editor’s position. His experience with Metro Pulse dates to 1993, with a few years off in the middle for foreign travel and work and his own writing and consulting projects. He promises to write more and herd cats less.

Clint Casey, whose six years at Metro Pulse have included everything from selling ads to marketing the paper to managing its information technology to writing, editing and organizing feature material and supervising the final stages of editorial production, has assumed the role of managing editor, with new administrative responsibilities on the editorial side. He’s going to be a publisher someday unless he slows down.

Molly Kincaid, a tireless and talented news and feature writer and our calendar editor the past two years, is now the arts and entertainment editor, and Ellen Mallernee, a bright young star who has written enjoyable and informative articles across the panoply of Metro Pulse subject matter, is now music editor, with added responsibility for movie coverage. During their tenure at the paper, both have fearlessly tackled controversial issues ranging from gun laws to gay adoption, and they’ve proven themselves bulletproof in the process—no small feat. Around these parts, journalism can be a brutal profession.

Joe Sullivan, the former Metro Pulse publisher, continues his column, Insights, and other news writing as a contributing editor, as does regular columnist and reporting consultant Frank Cagle.

Jack Neely, whose Secret History column has been our most popular local feature for more than a decade, and whose news and feature writing and editing add sparkle to our pages every week, will continue to provide that Neely touch as our associate editor—or our “mother ship,” as someone on our editorial staff perhaps more accurately put it.

A welcome addition is Kevin Crowe, a former intern and free-lancer who has come aboard as calendar editor, with some new writing opportunities.

While we’ve been reconfiguring our staff, we’ve also taken another look at what we’re doing as well as how we’re doing it.

We’ve been tinkering around with a fresh statement of purpose for our publication for the past year-and-a-half, as well, and we’ve arrived at a rough consensus that is little different from the mission we set out for ourselves at the outset, 13 years ago. As the city changes, it’s our passion and obligation to keep up without compromising our original objective: smart, brave, creative, thought-provoking, independent journalism. 

As Knoxville’s Weekly Voice, Metro Pulse intends to offer an alternative perspective to that which is presented in other media. We strive to inform, to entertain and to provoke debate on those political, civic and social issues that have a direct impact on our community. We want to be the leading advocate for the arts and to chronicle the unique culture of our region. We want to continue to have fun doing that job, too, and we expect to.

To all of our loyal readers, we want you to know how much we’ve appreciated your attention and especially your suggestions, your letters and your criticisms, some of which have been very helpful in setting us straight from time to time.

As the season is upon us, we also want to wish you all the happiest of holidays and the brightest of years in 2006 and beyond. Merry.

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