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Join us on the Press & Journal Editorial Board: Jason Maddux

Posted 6/26/19

More than two years ago, we reached out to our readers to find residents willing to be a part of a new endeavor at the Press & Journal — our Editorial Board.

We picked two great people …

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Join us on the Press & Journal Editorial Board: Jason Maddux

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More than two years ago, we reached out to our readers to find residents willing to be a part of a new endeavor at the Press & Journal — our Editorial Board.

We picked two great people to be the initial public members. Susannah Gal is the outgoing associate dean of research and outreach and a professor of biology at Penn State Harrisburg. Jay Howes, who has lived in Middletown for about a dozen years, spent 16 years as director of policy development for the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, and the last four as a deputy secretary for consumer protection, regulatory affairs, and dairy industry relations for the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. Now he does contract work for several agricultural businesses.

I am on the board, as well as Press & Journal President Louise Sukle and Publisher Joseph G. Sukle Jr.

We have spent almost two years meeting weekly to discuss what appears on the Viewpoints page under the header of Editorial Views. They have been an invaluable part of not only the editorials we write, but adding their input on coverage we provide each week.

But spots on the Editorial Board were not meant to be permanent, so we are searching for new faces to join us.

That doesn’t mean that Susannah and Jay will immediately depart.

Depending on the response we get, we might simply add members for now.

So who are we looking for?

Two years ago, I summed it up this way:

“You must be a regular reader of the Press & Journal. You must be willing and able to succinctly, learnedly and convincingly state your opinions on the issues facing our area while being open-minded about the views of others. Being able to write is a plus.

We want someone who is engaged and wants to make a difference.

But we are not looking for someone who is an elected official or a borough employee or someone who would be on the editorial board simply to push for a pet project or the cause of a board on which they already serve.

We want someone who has a point of view but not an ax to grind.”

After two years, that description still fits.

We meet for about an hour each week and discuss important topics of the day and what we feel the stance of the newspaper should be in an editorial on those topics.

If you are interested, send us a brief resume and cover letter explaining why you want to be involved and why you would be a good fit.

You can email information to editor@pressandjournal.com or mail it to me at 20 S. Union St., Middletown, 17057.

I can’t wait to hear from you.

Jason Maddux is editor of the Press & Journal.