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Each Monday, we are posting a blog to help our readers get to know the media just a little bit better.

With a TWIST!

No, we aren’t posting story pitch tips or media lists, but instead great stories from the media themselves about their lives, their work and other little known facts! Think of it as your first “networking” opportunity of the week!

Today’s #MediaMonday comes to us from Tonja Greenfield, general manager and editor of Tucson West Publishing.

Tonja, time to share!

What do you want to tell the blogosphere about yourself today?

Like many students out of college I wasn’t sure what I was going to do. I graduated with a degree in television from Columbia College in downtown Chicago with hopes of producing television- specifically soap operas. When I couldn’t find a job, I resorted to moving back home with my folks who lived two hours outside of Chicago.

Needing a job, the opportunity to work at a local publication presented itself. I got the position. Then in April of 2007, I was sent to Tucson to help launch Marana News. I fell in love with it and couldn’t wait to come back. Luckily for me, I found out the editor position had just opened up.

Fast forward six years, I now live in Tucson and work as the General Manager/Editor of Tucson West Publishing. We publish three community newspapers (Marana News, Foothills News and Desert Times) and a couple specialty publications (Horse Today, Pet Enthusiast and Southwest Equine Enthusiast).

My favorite thing about my job is getting to meet the people in the community and being able to create publications specific to what those communities offer. The people love their small town publications and knowing what is going on in their communities.

When I am not working I am heavily involved in the district Rotary Club. I also am a self-proclaimed TV junkie. I have always had a passion for television and love watching the characters evolve on the various shows. My favorites right now are Dexter, Homeland and the Big Bang Theory. You can expect that on any given night I am taping anywhere from four to six shows.

My advice for anyone looking to get into this industry is to not overlook the small town community newspapers as options because they are the one niche that will keep thriving. People still want their small-town community news.

 

Katie Snyder
Katie Snyder
A former HMA Public Relations employee.

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