Jan. 31: Reporters change beats all the time. We're not in the habit of telling our readers goodbye unless we're leaving the paper, and maybe not even then.
But given all the time we've spent together on this forum -- me writing about Oakland school news and you telling me what I missed and what I should look into (or debating something different altogether) -- this feels different.
I'm going to be covering colleges and universities for the Tribune and its sister papers now, working mostly out of a newsroom in Hayward with other East Bay reporters who cover issues for the whole news group. I'm excited about the challenge. Who knows, I could end up writing about students I met when they were angsty teens, haunting the hallways of McClymonds High or Oakland Tech -- or returning to those high schools to write stories about college.
I hope you stay in touch and send me your story ideas.
I've known about this for awhile, but have waited to tell you until I knew who would be replacing me. I'm afraid I don't have an easy answer. The newspaper has been trying to fill the position, but so far has been unable to do so.
After all of the time we've all spent on this blog, I'm hoping it can survive until someone can take it over on a more regular basis. Another metro reporter plans to attend school board meetings and post occasionally. Maybe, if any of you are inspired, you could contribute.
This is hard for me to tell you; I know how important schools coverage is, especially to Oaklanders. My editor has set up an email for news tips and blog submissions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in posting regularly, please let us know.
Thanks for reading, and for making the blog so lively and interesting. I'll miss answering your questions, absorbing your insights and reflections, and, most of all, imploring you and "Nextset" to be civil to one another.