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Please Welcome Josh Centers as Our New Managing Editor

by Adam C. Engst

It gives me great pleasure to share the news that Josh Centers has agreed to join TidBITS Publishing Inc. full time as the managing editor of TidBITS, effective immediately. You can reach him at josh@tidbits.com or @jcenters on Twitter and App.net.

Last year, Glenn Fleishman “discovered” Josh while researching unwarranted cellular data usage in iOS 6, a problem that continues to this day for some people (see “What’s Behind Mysterious Cellular Data Usage in iOS 6?,” 29 September 2012). On Glenn’s urging, we invited Josh to write some articles for TidBITS, and in short order he had cranked out several well-written, accurate articles, impressing us with his enthusiasm, writing speed, and eye for detail. That got me thinking that he might be valuable to have on staff in a larger role, so I asked him to edit a few articles, another task that he carried off with aplomb.

Thanks to the revenues from TidBITS memberships, we felt we could offer Josh a full-time job to help with a wide variety of TidBITS-related tasks that were overwhelming me. Luckily, he wasn’t attached to his previous corporate job, so he jumped at the chance to put his journalism degree from Western Kentucky University to use and trade 2 hours of commuting every day for a home office.

Initially, Josh will focus on helping me with assigning, writing, editing, and coordinating articles, but once he has become familiar with how we operate, I expect him to start suggesting and implementing new directions for TidBITS, all within our mission of providing you with a carefully curated collection of thoughtful, professionally produced content. Frankly, I’ve been feeling increasingly curmudgeonly over the years, so I’m looking forward to working with someone who still has that youthful fervor for technology.

With Josh handling some of our day-to-day activities, I’ll have more time to write articles and to tackle some of the big picture projects that were sidelined while we worked to sweat the details, hit our weekly publication schedule, and respond to reader comments and queries. If it all works out as anticipated, we’ll all be happier and more productive with Josh on board!


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