Daily Press adds new designer/copy editor to news staff

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Mary Austin

The Craig Daily Press added a new staff member to its editorial department late last week.

Mary Austin began as the newspaper’s page designer and copy editor Thursday, replacing Jerry Martin, who has been named news editor.

Austin, 22, comes to the Daily Press from her hometown, Summerville, S.C. She graduated from the University of South Carolina in December 2011, majoring in visual communications.

Her experience in journalism includes an internship with The Post and Courier of Charleston, S.C., and a paid internship with her college’s student housing organization.

Austin said part of what drew her to Northwest Colorado was the presence of family and friends in the area.

“It’s a good fit for me,” she said. “I like being able to walk to the top of my street and see mountains from a residential area and be so close to nature.”

Photographing nature and other subjects is one of Austin’s hobbies, and she has a minor in photography as part of her degree.

She said she hopes to add her photography skills to the Daily Press staff, as well.

“There’s no shortage of things to take pictures of here,” she said. “That’s something I’m excited about is trying to maybe take the paper in a new direction.”

Austin added that she’ll work hard to keep the print edition of the Daily Press eye-catching for readers.

“I’m anxious to make my mark and be able to design a paper that’s sophisticated, easy to read, pleasing to look at and something that people can appreciate,” she said.

Daily Press Editor Joshua Roberts said Austin fits the mold of past hires in the editorial department and the Daily Press overall.

“The first thing we look for is talent and enthusiasm, and Mary falls right in line with that,” he said. “She’s good with copy, design, and her photography background and skill set is a bonus.

“Jerry set a high standard for the CDP with his copy and design skills. Mary will be a continuation of that, but we think she’ll make her own mark, too.”

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