#MediaMonday – Jan Buchholz
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 Jan Buchholz.
So, time to share!
What do you want to tell the blogosphere about yourself today?
Hi, y’all. No, I’m not from Texas but I like the sound of y’all. Actually, I am a Denver native who grew up with the Unsinkable Molly Brown. Not really. I’m not THAT old, though I am old.
I grew up in Denver and while watching the “5 p.m. News with Douglas Edwards,” my grandmother said, “You should be a foreign correspondent.” I was probably 7 or 8 and the thought stuck with me. I never became a foreign correspondent (Heck, I am just now applying for a passport), but journalism became a possibility. A couple of years later the editor of the Colorado Daily, which was the newspaper at the University of Colorado, gave me his press pass. That pretty much sealed the deal. I have a degree in journalism from the University of Kansas. (Please don’t mention basketball and Jayhawks for awhile, OK?)
I’ve worked in radio (Palm Springs) and television (Cheyenne). The Cheyenne gig was pretty interesting. Dick Cheney was congressman and President Ronald Reagan came to town. But anyway, I realized I did not want to be a TV reporter when people started asking me for autographs in the grocery store and staring at me while I ate dinner out.
So now I’m the real estate reporter for the Phoenix Business Journal. Prior to this gig I was real estate reporter for the Denver Business Journal. In my previous journalism life, I was a general assignment reporter for the Sentinel newspapers in Lakewood, Co. and the editor of the Golden Transcript. You probably know Golden as the place where Rocky Mountain spring water is magically transformed into Coors beer. I find that marketing pitch a little hard to swallow.
I have been a news junkie all my life and I am lamenting the demise of newspapers that provided great journalism for many years. Papers like the Rocky Mountain News. I’m not sure where we’re all headed in the news publishing business but I hope I’m on the bus wherever it leads.