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Thanks Snellville, Changes Afloat

Snellville Patch is getting a new editor, but don't worry, I will be close by.

Hey Snellville,

I've been the editor of Snellville Patch since the very, very beginning -- back when I had no freelancers, no contacts and no time to get much done. I just days after graduating with a master's degree from Georgia State University and having my birthday. I don't really recall having a birthday because I was so busy starting with Patch and trying to graduate.

But, but by December 30, 2010, Snellville Patch was launched. It was the last Georgia site launched that year. Still, to this day, I'm not sure how it all got done.

The truth is, though, I'm kind of obsessive over finishing things I start. I've never been a person who shied away from hard work. My editors will tell you that I work even when I'm sick, recovering from surgeries, or some other annoying health calamity. I even took this laptop with me to Honduras last year, on vacation, because well, I had to finish something for Patch.

That's kind of what happens when you start a site with Patch -- you become your site. You look at it when your supposed to be off, you cringe when you've made the slightest error, and you're offended when someone thinks you're sitting at home twiddling your thumbs. Everything that happens and doesn't happen you take responsibility for. You even think about your site when you're sleeping.

But, it's been really interesting getting to know the people in Snellville. You all have kept me on my toes, and I have been grateful that you opened your homes and your lives to me. For all the local people who have been my partners in informing the public, thank you for what you do and continue to do. We journalists could not do our jobs without you.

As of Monday, however, I will no longer be the editor of Snellville Patch, and I will be taking on the same role in neighboring Lilburn. That site has been without a full-time editor for a while now, and I welcome the challenge that a new community brings.

The new editor for Snellville Patch will be Crystal Huskey. Many of you know her as my long-time freelancer and guest editor. She has been integral to Snellville Patch's success. She's not only written stories I asked her to, but did things because they needed to be done. I remember interviewing her forever ago at the , and thinking this is going to be great. Honestly, I'm not sure I could have done my job without her.

Currently, Crystal is an intern with us, and she will be finishing that term up in the next week, as she transitions to her new role. Her official start date as editor is a week or so away, but she's your point-of-contact beginning Monday (July 16, 2012) for all things Snellville Patch related. For now, you can reach her at crystal.huskey@patch.com.

Of course, you can call me (404-539-9256) or email me (joy.woodson@patch.com) when you want to, I'm always around. I'm only one city away!

Again, thanks for everything.

Sincerely, Joy

Marlene Buchanan July 13, 2012 at 11:38 AM
Congratulations with your new position with Lilburn.patch. You will enjoy working with that community. I have certainly enjoyed working with you. You wil be greatly missed.
David Brown July 13, 2012 at 12:11 PM
Joy, I'm going to particularly miss you at Snellville Patch. It was cool meeting you at Patch's booth at Snellville Days. I'm a person of color and I will miss the perspective you brought on Patch when we discussed certain racial issues. Your comments showed that you live in the real world. Let me stop there before my lacrimal glands get me crying.:)
Joy L. Woodson July 13, 2012 at 12:46 PM
:) Thanks, Marlene! You were definitely a great find!
Joy L. Woodson July 13, 2012 at 12:48 PM
David, it was nice meeting you, too! And, yes, me and the real world are pretty much buddies! Please continue to add your comments to the site. Crystal will definitely appreciate the interaction.
Jennifer Silas July 13, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Good luck to you Joy!
Tonya Brant July 13, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Good luck Joy! I "like" the Lilburn Patch too, so I'll "see" you there!
Joy L. Woodson July 13, 2012 at 04:28 PM
thanks, Jenn!
Joy L. Woodson July 13, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Thanks, Tonya! See you in Lilburn!
Danielle July 14, 2012 at 03:12 AM
Well now maybe Snellville Patch will have unbiased reporting and events will be covered less than a week after they're over.
Joy L. Woodson July 14, 2012 at 04:49 AM
Danielle, I'm sure it will continue to have unbiased reporting, as we have been doing for a year and a half now on Snellville Patch. As well, events will continue to be covered as normal, based on resources, which includes time constraints. Feel free to reach out to Crystal at Crystal.Huskey@patch.com with your own personal community photos, blogs, or informational items. Many of which can be posted on the site as user-generated content. There's also a special place for photos on the Snellville Patch gallery, where you and the community can share important photos to you. Events and announcements -- free of charge -- are also there for readers to post things happening in their neighborhoods. In addition, op-eds and letters to the editor are also always welcome. Patch is about news, but also about community interaction. We look forward to your continued interest and what Patch does, and thank you for your comment.
Joy L. Woodson July 14, 2012 at 05:45 AM
Also, in case you didn't see some of our recent coverage. Here are a few links. The city of Snellville definitely does have A LOT events, and we try to make it to everything. -- http://snellville.patch.com/articles/sizzling-summer-weekend-draws-celebrities-and-large-crowd -- http://snellville.patch.com/articles/in-pictures-mlk-day-march-and-church-service#photo-8910498 -- http://snellville.patch.com/articles/in-pictures-snellville-days-2012#photo-9836485

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