Mornin’ meddling with new faces

By: Jenifer Gee, Editor
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In the past week I’ve attended first-hand a gathering in Auburn that was once a mystery to me. I’ve also welcomed a new member to the Journal editorial team. Meddling with the Meddlers … On Tuesday I rolled out of bed and into my car in the dark hours of “the morning” to attend one of the weekly meetings of the Meddlers. My hat’s off to the group of 40 or so community members who wake up at 7 a.m. on a regular basis to talk about matters big or small in Auburn. Having worked at the Journal for the past three-and-a-half years, I’ve heard tales of the Meddlers as a tough group that will get to the point quickly. So when Publisher Todd Frantz asked me to join him to speak at the group’s meeting Tuesday, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I discovered that the Meddlers are passionate and inquisitive about their community. When it came time for Todd and I to talk about the Journal, the questions were fair and well thought out. I’m happy to have had the opportunity to speak at the meeting and talk about what the Journal is up to. I’m even more pleased that a group of community members and leaders want to talk about the content of this newspaper. I plan to attend Meddlers meetings in the future as one way to keep a pulse on Auburn. Welcome Krissi … This week the Journal editorial staff welcomed its new features editor/special sections coordinator Krissi Khokhobashvili (pronounced ho-ho-bosh-veal-ee) Krissi comes from the Calaveras Enterprise. She spent four years at the twice weekly newspaper and was most recently the publication’s city editor. She has a wide range of experience in editing, reporting, taking photos and videos and producing pages. She is your new go-to staffer for all of the arts and entertainment, lifestyle, food and wine and calendar publishing needs. Reach her at or (530) 852-0237. A little about me and my goals … As an editor and reporter, I’ve asked many people to share information about themselves with our readers. I feel it’s only fair to do the same. One of my goals as editor is to increase communication between the newspaper and its community. And to provide our readers with more content displayed in an appealing and informative way. You may start to notice some of the small changes such as more information boxes with images included in them and shorter stories, but more of them. We’re taking the approach of giving you all the information you need but in a way that’s easier to read. Let me know your thoughts. We’re also moving forward with a goal to produce more videos for our website. Currently, we’re working on perfecting the process, but providing video coverage is something you can expect in the future. And in the spirit of giving you information in an easy way, check out the information box about me in this column. ---------- Get to know Jenifer Gee Grew up in: California, Washington (state) and Maryland Most recent vacation: Washington, D.C. in July to visit my family. My boyfriend joined me. It was his first trip to our nation’s Capitol and it was great to show him around. He took about a million photos at both air and space museums. Favorite TV show: “How I Met Your Mother,” and I recently started to watch the first season of “Modern Family.” Favorite App on my iPhone: Angry Birds gets some play time. I also like an app for my library that lets me put books on hold and search what’s available What I’m reading right now: The third book in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” series. “The Hunger Games” is next on the list I never thought I’d: Go skydiving, but last December I was freefalling to the ground from 13,000 feet in the air. I don’t know if I’d do it again unless it was a matter of survival. ---------- Reach Editor Jenifer Gee at or call (530) 852-0231.