When I was in the fourth grade at St. Ursula School outside Baltimore, a girl I liked decided she wanted to start a classroom newspaper. And, not only that, she wanted me to write an advice column.
I said, "You're pretty. Sure I'll write something."
And thus began my career in journalism.
I was editor in chief of The Loyolan at Loyola High School in Towson, Md. I was editor in chief of The Flyer News at the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio. And I've been a reporter, news editor and copy editor in such varying and exotic locations as Hanover, Pa.; Port Huron, Mich., Sunbury, Pa.; and Scranton, Pa.
And now I'm here, covering York County, energy, environment, agribusiness and workforce issues for the Central Penn Business Journal.
What's the constant in this career track of mine?
The people and their stories.
Yes, from fourth grade through today, I've learned to gather information and present it to the reading public in a manner that, I hope, makes sense to them and helps them through their daily lives.
And in my professional life, I've either written or edited stories dealing with Marcellus Shale, water purity, landfills, farms and labor strife. And I lived and worked in York County for almost a decade.
So, what's your story? What would you like to know more about?
You can reach me by email at email@example.com or on Twitter @JDeinleinCPBJ. Or, you could get old-fashioned and call me at 717-236-4300, ext. 298. Or, if you want to get really old-fashioned, you can send me something by the U.S. mail at 1500 Paxton St., Harrisburg, PA 17104.
I look forward to hearing from you.