Today I accepted an offer to join the Boston Globe as a newsroom web developer. I’m super excited to be joining such a great newspaper, one that has a long and distinguished reputation. I feel like I won the lottery.
So that brings me to the sad part about this announcement. I am also leaving The New York Times Regional Media Group, a job I’ve enjoyed immensely. The work has been fun and worthwhile, and I’ve been a happy camper since I started. They’ve given me the latitude to get projects done generally in the best manner I saw fit. They gave me the trust and responsibility to deal with important projects. And most importantly, they pushed me and my fledgling programming skills, allowing me to get stronger every day with each new project.
The NYTRMG is a great place to work. My boss, my coworkers on the dev team, the product managers, everyone here has such a great attitude and comes to work ready to tackle whatever obstacles are in the way. These are quite talented folks, and I was lucky enough to have met them and been able to learn from them. If you ever get a chance, apply for a job here. You won’t regret it.
Also, I love the Tampa Bay area, especially St. Petersburg. This is a wonderful place to be a journalist, and a great place to live, especially if you’re a 20-something who likes movies, riding his or her bike and occasionally — just occasionally — imbibing on an occasion or four.
That’s why this is a sad and happy decision for me. I love this area and my job rocks. So I’m taking a big leap, moving to a Real Big City, starting a job at this paper that’s always been on my radar for its overall awesomeness and making a whole group of friends.
I’m a Nebraskan, so I’m sure I’ll be able to make some new pals, as it’s in our hearty Midwestern nature. And I’m Irish. I think my blood requires me to spend some time living in Boston for awhile. It’s the law, I think.
So, that’s that. Packing boxes and moving in a few weeks. But for now, I can’t wait for this adventure to begin. Wish me luck. In the meantime, you should play this song really loud and think of me.