Today is a bittersweet day.
I am leaving the Lawrence Journal-World after 16 years in various jobs. I have worked with amazing, talented people who have enriched my journalism experience. I also have had the honor and privilege to tell the stories of people in our community and across the state.
In 2009, I was given the unique opportunity to help launch this innovative community health website, WellCommons. It has been an amazing experience. The site continues to be a success and is receiving national attention. In 2011, it received a national award from Editor & Publisher magazine for best community service website.
So far this year, the site has received 645,000 visits and 280,000 unique visitors, which is up 20 percent from the previous year.
While I won't be overseeing the site after today, I will be using it as the communications coordinator at the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department. I also will continue to read your posts and comments and look forward to continuing the conversation about how to make our community a happier, healthier place to live.
If you need assistance with WellCommons, here are a few contacts:
• Alex Parker, online editor, at 832-6356 or firstname.lastname@example.org. He can help handle the "technical" stuff.
• Caroline Trowbridge, community editor, at 832-7196 or email@example.com. She can answer questions about content (what you are posting and where).
• Mark Potts, vice president for content, at 832-7105 or firstname.lastname@example.org. He would like to hear your thoughts about the website and what you would like to see changed.