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An Editor's New Role



Register Company (JRC), and that Gilbert "probably was in discussion with our publisher, Jim O'Rourke."

Yet Rogers remains positive and upbeat about her new position as director of community engagement and editorial training for the JRC's Michigan publications. "What excites me about my new role is that it's about teaching reporters new digital tools to complement their storytelling that will, in turn, produce better journalism," she explains by email, "whether it's incorporating video from breaking news events, an audio clip from an important interview, a locator map showing the location of major road construction reported in a story, a timeline with photos, text and video documenting a town's 150-year history, or embedding documents gathered through a Freedom of Information Act request."

Rogers began as a reporter for the Dexter Leader in 1992. She earned her first award, an honorable mention, from the Michigan Press Association (MPA) for her 1998 article in the Dexter Leader and the Chelsea Standard, "Growing Up Gay in a Small Town."

"I faced a lot of criticism for the article, as did our newspaper's editor and publisher, as many people called to cancel their subscriptions and some advertisers pulled out of the newspapers in retaliation," Rogers writes. "So when I learned I had won the award, it was particularly meaningful because it was an acknowledgement from my peers that I had performed a valuable public service by bringing to light the struggles teens in small towns were facing in revealing their sexual orientation."

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