Requiem

I really like that word and though there won’t be any services held, I thought it would be a nice symbol to mourn the passing of a publication I have been involved with since 1991. I have never been a hardcore, fire-chasing, politician-hunting photojournalist, but I do like to tell stories and during my time at the now deceased Wayne Suburban I was able to do so. Wayne has become my adopted home since the early 90’s and I imagine I’ll still keep many of my connections both socially and professionally. But with change comes opportunity and as always, I’m ready.

The State of Journalism will be in flux for some time but I’m excited to be given even more time to freelance and to explore New Media as a way of telling stories. It’s too bad that a publication that survived since the 1800’s has now disappeared. And it’s also very sad for the community of Wayne since they will be affected the most. A newspaper’s integration into a community is often taken for granted and the effects of such an absence will linger.

So this post is a bit more personal for me than usual, but I wanted to thank all of the folks I have worked with both at The Suburban and in the community for being good people. While this is a definitive end for a chapter in my life and career, chances are I’ll still be in Wayne in some form, most likely at The Gryphon!

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Samreply
December 19, 2008 at 10:42 am

Nicely put, work husband. We’ll certainly miss you here. And no other photog is going to do exactly what I say to do, like you have…sometimes.

Kathleenreply
December 19, 2008 at 12:07 pm

Thank you for many years of fine coverage, John. You have done Wayne and the Main Line a great service. This is a sad day for journalism, Wayne and the surrounding communities to lose a vital mainstay — the venerable Suburban. All the best to you and your colleagues!

Gregreply
December 19, 2008 at 12:16 pm

I hadn’t heard this news until now, John. Sad, indeed.
I’m taking it for granted that this was a JRC profit decision.

Gerryreply
December 20, 2008 at 2:00 am

Sorry to get the news of the Suburban closing. My best wishes on a sad day to you, Ryan, Sam and the others.

Richard Lynttonreply
December 23, 2008 at 10:50 am

I know this is the start of a wonderful opportunity for you, John.
Your talents are ready for much more action!
Richard Lyntton

Tony DiCiccoreply
January 2, 2009 at 3:14 pm

Hello John,

Sorry to hear. You did a wonderful job for the Suburban. Best of luck and give me call. I’m sure I have some freelance work for you.

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