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My job continues to evolve after 25 years at StarNews

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As part of our revamped Sunday StarNews, we’ve included questions and answers and columns with contributors. Not only did they provide information about what they do at the newspaper, but they also gave you a glimpse into their personal interests.

I’ve enjoyed learning new things about my colleagues and I hope you’ve appreciated learning more about the journalists who work hard to cover the Wilmington area every day.

As I approach my 25th anniversary at the StarNews on April 26, I thought you might like to know more about me.

It all started the summer before my sophomore year of high school. I changed schools and had to register for classes. I didn’t want to go to a study hall because I thought it was a waste of time, so the counselor suggested I consider an elective. Somehow working for the student newspaper was recommended to me to get to know more people.

And the rest, as they say, is history. I’m not sure I knew then that this would be my career, but I never really did anything else. I worked in retail for a few summers, but once I went into journalism in college, that’s all I wanted to do.

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I spent many long days and nights working for my college newspaper. After graduating, I worked for about a year as an education reporter at the Martinsville Bulletin in Virginia. I then moved to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, where I covered environmental issues and then education for about two years.

I came to StarNews in 1999 as an education reporter. I thought I would just stay here for a few years and then move on to the next paper. But my job continued to change, eventually including work in local government and healthcare, and then serving as a digital editor in the early days of online news. As I progressed in my editing career, I became more and more entrenched in the community.

I met my now husband in 2014 and in 2017 we moved to a new home in Leland. I had a few other job opportunities along the way, but nothing seemed like a better fit. In 2020, I became editor of StarNews and The Fayetteville Observer.

But even that role and responsibilities have changed over the years. While I may not know what the future holds for the newspaper industry, I’d like to think I’m just evolving along with it.

Sherry Jones is editor-in-chief of StarNews. You can reach her at [email protected].