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Meet Lilburn-Mountain Park's New Editor

After several months with no full-time editor, Lilburn-Mountain Patch now welcomes me -- Joy L. Woodson.

Hello everyone!

I'm Joy, and for the past year and a half I have been the editor over at Snellville Patch. I launched that site back in December 2010. It was kind of whirlwind. I said goodbye to Snellville Patch on Friday, prepping for my first day in Lilburn on July 16.

Anyhow, it was nice covering Snellville. They certainly kept me busy. But, I'm definitely ready for a new challenge, and that's where Lilburn comes in. Woohooo!

I've been a professional journalist for more than a decade, covering crime, county and city government, and school districts. (I don't look it. Everyone says I look like I'm ten years younger, so it always throws people off when I tell them how long I've been working. The looks are priceless. Hilarious, even.)

But, yep, I graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism in 2002. While at school, I worked for the city newspaper and a city magazine, which was cool. (I always managed to have some not-so-ordinary assignment, like death row issues, HIV and AIDS and missing children, plus the normal stuff like crime.) I also got a minor in Spanish while I was there, and studied in Mexico.

However, I was a student journalist for many years before even going to college. I worked at Vox Teen Communications here in Atlanta for a number of years; I'm still a volunteer there all these years later. I also worked at my high school's newspaper. You know, normal stuff you'd expect of an eventual journalism major.

A year and half ago, I completed a master's degree program in public administration from Georgia State University. I pretty much know a lot of things about running a nonprofit now and policies regarding them. Eventually, I will get a doctorate in public policy, and then, who knows. I like learning, which is why it makes sense that I got into journalism.

In my free time, when I have any, I spend it all over Atlanta volunteering in a host of organizations and causes. Journalism related community work includes Vox (mentioned above), and I am also the co-chair for the community relations committee with the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists. In addition, I do editing for Children's Advocacy Centers of Georgia.

I also spend a lot of time with my dog, and you will come to know her. Her name is Happy, and she sometimes shows up in Facebook posts or articles. I think she's pretty funny, but that's me.

So, that's me in a nutshell. I'm just a normal 30-something, working like the rest of the world and trying to live a life that is reflective of being a good person.

I don't know anyone in Lilburn, so please, please introduce yourself. Send your contact information to joy.woodson@patch.com, and drop your Twitter handle here in the comment section, and I will be sure to follow you.

Look forward to great things in Lilburn!

Sincerely, J

Gerald McDowell July 17, 2012 at 11:16 AM
Welcome to the greater Lilburn community!
Mandy McManus July 17, 2012 at 12:14 PM
Yes, welcome to Lilburn! I am the market manager for the Lilburn Farmer's Market and we use Patch a lot to get the word out about our events each week. I would love to invite you to come by the market any Friday from 4-8 pm and check it out for yourself. Do I see a feature article in our future?
Joy L. Woodson July 17, 2012 at 12:22 PM
Hello there Mandy! Sure, I have to do a lot of organizing, because honestly, I have no idea what's been done already. But, I will catch up. And, would love to come to the Farmers' Market.
Joy L. Woodson July 17, 2012 at 12:23 PM
Thanks Mr. McDowell. A little bird told me your a good guy to know!
Victoria July 17, 2012 at 12:44 PM
I follow both Patches (Snellville and Lilburn) so you are a familiar face! Congrats on the new role!
Rhonda Keyes July 17, 2012 at 12:46 PM
Welcome - I love the Patch and check it daily!
Joy L. Woodson July 17, 2012 at 12:48 PM
Thanks, Victoria!
Joy L. Woodson July 17, 2012 at 12:48 PM
Woohooo, Rhonda!
Bridget A. Hannah July 17, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Welcome aboard!
Joy L. Woodson July 17, 2012 at 01:51 PM
Muchas gracias, Bridget!
Leslie Johnson July 17, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Howdy, neighbor! Looking forward to crossing paths!
Joy L. Woodson July 17, 2012 at 06:00 PM
Ha Ha... You're so funny, Leslie. I had to shop at TJ Maxx in the 78 Stone Mountain shopping center before going to the TSPLOST forum yesterday. I needed a jacket. And, I was thinking, I could run into Leslie!
Johnny Crist July 17, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Hey Joy, Welcome to Lilburn! On behalf of the city I want to thank you for making the Patch a priority. You play a significant communication role to help keep us all moving forward. Blessings, Johnny Crist Mayor
Joy L. Woodson July 17, 2012 at 08:38 PM
Thanks Mayor! I'll actually be contacting you soon about meeting up, so I can get the lay of the land.
Leslie Johnson July 17, 2012 at 08:51 PM
I need a jacket and so much more....I'll meet you there next time! :)
Thor Johnson July 20, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Welcome... I believe local news is essential to the health of a community. The Patch is an asset to our area... Looking forward to your contribution.
Star Gregory July 20, 2012 at 04:01 PM
Welcome to Lilburn! I love the Patch and I look forward to hearing more about Happy! Star Gregory, DVM Owner, Zutilla Veterinary Housecalls
Joy L. Woodson July 20, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Thanks, Thor! Glad you like Patch, woohoooo!
Joy L. Woodson July 20, 2012 at 04:18 PM
LOL, thanks Star!
Connie Breland Georges July 21, 2012 at 11:50 AM
I see we have joy in the community. Welcome Joy to the community, I am looking forward to your contribution in the Patch. I am the owner of Simply Special Cleaning Service.

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