We’re pleased to announce the hiring of Terry Jacoby as the point-person for sports coverage in the Dexter area for WeLoveDexter.com.
Terry has worked with Content and Community Manager Sean Dalton in the past at the Dexter Leader and Chelsea Standard, where he was managing editor of those two historic newspapers, which were shuttered earlier this summer by their corporate owners at Digital First Media.
“The whole team is excited to have Terry involved in our online local media platform,” Dalton said. “Working with Terry starting in 2007 is a big part of my professional experience. I learned a lot working for him, and in fact I would say that there’s a lot of him in the DNA of what we’re doing at WeLoveDexter.
“As such, Terry’s transition to working with us has been seamless. He’s hit the ground running and been working for us for weeks now, meaning this press release is a bit late in coming.”
In addition to working for Digital First Media going back to when the company was called Journal Register Co., Jacoby has worked at The Democrat & Chronicle, The Sacramento Bee, and The Detroit News, as well as countless other publications and news sites as a freelancer.
He has earned a list of awards from the Michigan Press Association and Local Media Association (formerly the SNA) that is literally too long to list here. During his time as editor of the Dexter Leader and Chelsea Standard, those papers were routinely in the top three for general excellence, design, and or newspaper of the year every year.
Amidst his broad career, he’s always had a soft spot for western Washtenaw and Dexter in particular. He indicated a great deal of enthusiasm for working with sports officials in Dexter.
“I’ve been fortunate to be able to cover sports in Dexter because of the coaches and their commitment to acknowledging the effort put in by their athletes” Jacoby said. “They want their athletes recognized for the hard work and dedication they put in every day. The successes are special but the work to get there is what really is remarkable.”
The strategy for covering Dexter sports will focus on providing the best place online for those in the community to follow their local athletes and share in their highs and learn about what makes them special. WeLoveDexter.com sports coverage will not only focus on the big athletic programs at the high school, but athletics programs both in and out of the school system for all ages.
We want to cover your little league games, the participation of local children in an elite soccer camp, individual participation in a marathon: Our goal is to applaud hard work in athletics wherever it may be in Dexter.
His enthusiasm for Dexter in general is shared by the WeLoveDexter team. One of the keys to our success in the less-than-a-year that we’ve been operating is finding people who care about the community that we cover and plugging them in to content production for the site.
“Dexter is your typical small town that realizes the importance of family and community,” Jacoby said. “There is no I in team and there is no I in Dexter. When one in the family goes down, the community rallies and helps lift that person back to their feet. It’s a community that is growing but growing in the right way and right direction. They are not losing sight of who they are.”
Jacoby concluded that his goal is to help the rest of the WeLoveDexter.com team in continuing to grow our site into the best source of local news and information.
“It’s Dexter’s very own site with a strong local connection,” he added. “It gives the community a voice and a platform to share information important to Dexter.”