Right as the leaves are changing colors and painting the ground shades of orange, Scout is also experiencing some shifts of its own. Former editor Reena Karasin said her farewells in late summer and was succeeded by interim editor-in-chief Eric Francis. About a month ago, I officially joined the team once again.
Diligent Scout readers may recognize my name from the past year, during which I was an intern and then a freelancer for both the Somerville and Cambridge magazines. Writing for Scout helped me realize my passion for local news, which led me to move to a town in Alaska with a year-round population of about 400 people to write at a community newspaper. I was in the one-room office of the Skagway News when I accepted the offer to come back to Scout as the managing editor.
As I’m settling back into the greater Boston area, I’m enthusiastic about what I’ve gotten to read, edit, and report in this month’s Scout. Our annual holiday gift guide (p. 20) has certainly kept me out and about—something I am very grateful for, considering that the holiday season in New England doesn’t get old. Neither do the smiling faces of the local business owners whom I got to speak to as we picked out the best gifts for your loved ones.
Eric’s seasonal food stories have made me hungry on more than one occasion (p. 36), while Scout fellow Abbie Gruskin’s feature on the effects of airplane noise on the lives of residents (p. 14) immediately reignited my interest in the local news of Somerville. Not only that, but this issue also explores what the term “the holidays” really means to the city (p. 18), how to wrap gifts sustainably (p. 32), and how to stay active after the leaves fall (p. 16).
I would like to thank Eric and Abbie for their diligent and fun reporting, as well as our new intern Elie Levine for the work she’s contributed so far. In addition, I need to extend my gratitude to publisher Holli Banks and art director Nicolle Renick for their patience in teaching me the ropes, Reena for inspiring me and preparing me so well for the “real world” during my internship, staff photographers Adrianne Mathiowetz and Sasha Pedro for their beautiful work, and Stefan Mallette for the wonderful cover. And, of course, to you—for picking up the magazine, reaching out with ideas, and reminding us why we need to do our best work.
To say I’m excited to see how we all grow as a team, and how Scout grows as a publication, would be an understatement.