Monday, April 24, 2006

Welcome Back

Hey Guys,

If you didn't see the message in the office today, our former colleague Barbara Correa, who left a couple years ago after giving birth to an amazingly sweet pair of twins, will be returning to take over the Sunday Business slot from the departing Evan Pondel. As the first reporter to handle that beat, a former staffer with a little paper called the Wall Street Journal and the author of a cool blog on biz travel (;_ylt=A0SOwj11dDxE_3YAihis0NUE), she'll be a phenomenal presence in our pages once again. It's tough to think of a more talented, more capable writer to fill the big shoes Evan left than her.

Barbara's return can serve as an important reminder for us, as we try to improve the quality of life at the paper, too. Part of the reason she's coming back is that they've been able to work out a schedule that accomodates both the paper's needs and her responsibilities as a mom-- something that was not exactly a hallmark of the Daily News in the past. Luckily, we've got a more progressive mindset now that allows for better balance between work and home life, so everyone comes out ahead.

Whenever you see a way that things could be improved, whether it allows you to spend more time with your family and still be productive, or a new way to handle the work flow, something we should be covering that we're not, or anything else, speak up about it. We've gotta advocate for these changes whenever possible, because they'll help us all in the long run. Think of all the talented people we've lost over the years because the paper was stuck in its tired, old ways-- hopefully, Barbara's return will be one of many signs that those days are over.

We've still got a long way to go, my friends, but we're getting there. You guys have done a lot of work to help improve things, so keep that up and we'll all enjoy the benefits.



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