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CHAD GILLIS

Title: Multimedia Journalist
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About CHAD GILLIS

Biography

I got started in this industry while studying mass communications at Middle Tennessee State University, where I graduated in 1998. I was the editor of the campus paper, Sidelines, during my senior year and moved to Southwest Florida in January of 1999.

I started as a staff writer at what was then the Bonita Banner. I've been with the company for more than 10 years now, and currently serve as editor of the Banner.

There have been increasing talks of the demise of print newspapers. It will happen. There will come a day when information is all stored on computer. And if someone wants a printed version, they'll do it themselves at home or work.

But we're alive, for today at least. This is a great market for journalism. We still have a significant population that wants our printed papers. That's a rarity in much of the country. Be certain, we're making many changes, trimming costs and re-evaluating everything we do.

Change is rampant in almost every industry in today's economic climate. It's no different here. We are, however, gaining ground. At least I think we are. And overall, our roll in society/culture hasn't changed. Journalism is about providing information to people who need and want it.

The difference nowadays is we have many platforms, not just a printed version. Our new Web site, the-banner.com, is one example. Then there's Twitter, Facebook, fingers tapping away on Blackberries.

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Hobbies include canoeing, sailing, fishing and hanging out with my wife, Marcie -- picture above, right -- and our great danes.

CHAD GILLIS

Position History

  • Multimedia Journalist
    04/11/2008 - current
  • Staff Writer - Features
    08/13/2006 - 04/11/2008
  • Staff Writer - Banner and Bonita News
    02/17/1999 - 08/13/2006

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