Please allow me to reintroduce myself

I don’t know if me coming back into the newspaper world needs an introduction, because this is more like a reintroduction, if that makes sense?
My name is Jesse Lamar and I am the new general manager of the Journal Record. That’s a little bit different than the way I am accustomed to introducing myself because the last time I was in the newspaper business was at the Northwest Alabamian, where I was the friendly neighborhood sports guys.
Many nights were spent pacing sidelines as I anticipated lining up the perfect action shot and penned down shorthand chicken-scratch stats that I would later have to decipher as I laid out the story to go in the paper.
Although my bylines were mostly printed in the NWA, some readers may remember the stories and articles that I have sent to the Journal Record over the years.
Of course, my title has changed, as I am now the general manager of the paper. Looking at it, that’s a huge change from sports editor, but I am excited for this new challenge. I know I have some very large shoes to fill as I try to step into the role that Les Walters has had for many years here in this community, and I am looking forward to continuing the traditions that we have here.
It’s my goal to continue to bring the community the absolute best news coverage available. There will be learning curves for all of us here, as much as I hate to say that, but it’s just the truth of the matter. I’m new to the scene, we’re replacing two people and there is a new sportswriter.
It’s just part of the process as we continue to grow and improve the paper.
I cherish those four years that I served as the sportswriter/sports editor for the NWA because that enabled me to learn the in’s-and-out’s of the newspaper business. From start to finish, I learned as much as I could about the business. From the time the ads are sold to the time to the paper is coming off the press, I studied the process.
I was able to sit in the newsroom and watch as countless papers were laid out from the front page to the back page. It allowed me to be in the pressroom and watch as the paper was being printed. I could then follow the freshly-printed papers to the mail room and watch as they received predetermined advertising inserts before they were bound and bagged to be sent to the post office.
Not including the accessibility to the bound volumes of past papers. I’m not sure how far back the papers went, maybe to the 1940s? Countless hours were spent immersed in those books as I learned the rich history of the paper and the surrounding areas.
Back to the task at hand, I am grateful for the opportunity that has been given to me in taking over here. I’m soaking in as much information from Les as I can.
I’m looking forward to working with the staff here. In the time that I have been here I can already tell that it is a great bunch. They are all hard-working, self-motivated individuals and they truly care about putting out a quality newspaper each week.
Thank you for your time and thank you for reading the Journal Record. From the bottom of my heart, I appreciate each person who picks up a copy of our paper whether it’s a physical newsprint one or on the internet. I’m excited for this next chapter in my life and for the next chapter of what is in store for the Journal Record.