About Scott Taylor
I graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder School of Journalism and Mass Communication in 1988 and worked briefly as a freelance correspondent for the Longmont Times Call before getting hired by the Vail Daily, in Vail, Colorado.
I did a lot there. I covered town and county government, resort marketing and general community life and worked as weekend editor and entertainment editor. I interviewed many interesting people and covered a lot of fun stories.
After five years, I left reporting but not writing. I worked for Monaco Finance, one of the first automobile sub-prime finance companies, beginning in 1994. I did basic public relations, publishing work and designed the company's first Web site.
When that company was bought out and the Denver office closed, I did freelance work, desktop publishing and financial filing management. I worked for the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards for a while, writing speeches, presentations and some desktop publishing, before moving to Maine and the Lewiston Sun Journal.
I started in Aug. 2001, less than a month before Sept. 11. The community was already in the midst many changes – converting from an aging industrial economy to something more diverse, dealing with an exploding population of secondary migrants and trying to renovate the communities own dire view of itself.
The Sun Journal's been right at the front of all of those issues, and many others. We've always had a small reporting staff, especially considering that our coverage area includes better than half of Maine.
We've had to be quick and clever in gathering our news, using every trick in a print reporter's bag of tricks to find sources, getting them to talk to us and reporting what's going on. We've done a good job, and won quite a few awards.
But the economy doesn't seem to want to favor print these days, and we're having to adjust. The paper is set to debut a new Web-based content management system, called Celsius in the next month. Our programmers have built it themselves after years of work. It's going to fundamentally change the way we gather and submit news, and also the way deliver it. Each reporter will be able to – and is expected to – file their stories and their own photographs on an hourly basis. Daily deadlines will go away as we file our stories for the web, repurposing them for our print publication – not the other way around.
I've been asked to be the reporting staff's go-to for our Web based initiatives, breaking that new ground myself but also coaching and coaxing my colleagues in. There’s so much we can do; we’re simply looking for good places to begin.
- Occupation: Staff Writer
- Organization: Lewiston Sun Journal
- Location: Auburn, ME 04210 USA
- Website: http://www.sunjournal.com
- Google Talk: staylor.sunjournal
- Was accepted for Jun 14-19 2009 Multimedia Training.
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Content on this site written by Scott Taylor (includes contributory writing):
- The Missing Link Bicycle Co-Op
- The missing link is a bicycle co-op run by the employees themselves. There is no boss, and each employee has equal share in the business' success. The rent, sale, and ...