Congratulations on your new position of Managing Editor at The Ellsworth American! What is your history with the paper?
Thank you! I’m excited to take on this new role in my hometown. I have worked for the paper for 12 years, plus two summers as an intern. I started out as a reporter covering the Bucksport area and later greater Ellsworth. I was promoted to new media editor, overseeing our website and social media, about five years ago. When current Managing Editor Stephen Fay announced his plans to retire, I was selected to take over. (Side note: The public is invited to a retirement reception for Stephen and General Manager Terry Carlisle on May 30 from 4-6 p.m.)
What is the most rewarding part of journalism?
Constantly being reminded of the incredible breadth of talent in this area. Everybody has a story, and we get to share that story with a larger audience.
What is the most challenging part of your job?
Deadlines! Each section of the paper is printed at different times and we also produce numerous special sections throughout the year. Time management is key.
What do you think makes Ellsworth unique?
Once you get even a short distance from the urban core, there is still a small-town feel to many of the neighborhoods. We’ve also got some great amenities, including the Knowlton Park and library. The downtown is wonderful. I also think the newspaper sets Ellsworth apart. Not many places have a weekly paper that continues to thrive at 168 years old. It builds a sense of community.
Do you have a favorite spot in the library?
I like that little nook upstairs where the knitting club meets. It’s a good place to settle in with a book. I also love the children’s room. I have a toddler so it’s fun to take him to a place where I spent a lot of time as a kid. He loves to read.
Cyndi Wood is the incoming Managing Editor of The Ellsworth American.