查尔斯·佩里05

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名称: 查尔斯·佩里05

住所: 康威,年代.C. 

学位: 大众传播

职业: Editor at Waccamaw出版商 in 康威,年代outh Carolina

Charles Perry ’05 spends his days asking questions about everything from soccer to 飓风.

Also, it’s not unusual for his phone to ring in the middle of the night with a tip about a house fire or a shooting.

For Perry, a writer 和 former reporter, it’s all in a day’s work as editor at Waccamaw出版商 在他的家乡 康威,年代outh Carolina. He was recently recognized by the S.C. Press Association as Journalist of the Year for weekly publications.

“I’m a writer who became a reporter. I found that telling the stories of other people was better than offering my takes on the world. It’s also exciting to have a career of constant learning,” Perry said.

He embraces learning wherever he can 和 finds stories in the most unorthodox places thanks to a job that allows him to work 和 think outside of the box.  

“One benefit of the job is that I have the flexibility to work outside an office 和 朝九晚五的时间表. I have five children, so I often write stories from a baseball field or outside an elementary school auditorium. That allows me to spend more time with 我的孩子们. They often tag along on assignments with me,” said Perry, who married Winthrop alumna, Jennifer Adams '05, '08.  

With the encouragement of a high school journalism teacher 和 a former 帖子 & Courier reporter, Margaret Locklair, Perry was introduced to journalism. While at Winthrop, he studied mass communication 和 dedicated his time to finding on-the-job experience. On campus, he wrote for the 约翰逊的 but also exp和ed his reach to writing for newspapers 和 magazines across the state.

“Getting experience early opened doors for me down the road. I built relationships with editors who remembered my name when positions came available. 至于报告 和 writing, I learned by reading journalists I respected. 我是…的超级粉丝 迈克·塞奇 和 里克·布拉格. I was also fortunate to learn from some great local reporters about how to work sources, dig up documents 和 relentlessly go after stories.”   

His journalistic instincts were further cultivated by a cast of Winthrop professors: the “brilliant, zany guy” 约翰鸟, a retired professor of 英语, 和 the “engaging, thoughtful, witty” 杰森·西尔弗曼, who retired from the 历史系. And in the journalism program, Larry Timbs (now retired) 和 current 椅子上的 Department of 大众传播, 人卷, were heavy influencers.

“Timbs loves community journalism 和 so do I. 人卷 made me a better reporter. He didn’t accept laziness,” Perry said. 

帖子-graduation, Perry thought he would go into a larger market in a larger city after getting some experience under his belt at 《澳门十大娱乐网址》. Life happened 和 the 大衰退 in the late 2000s changed the trajectory of his career goals. It was then that Perry returned to his hometown community to transform the local news scene.

“As I watched local media outlets struggle to find financial stability, I wanted to work in a place where I could have the opportunity to help change that course. 这是 还是我的目标. I want to tell important, compelling stories in my hometown. 我不再 have the desire to move to a larger market. There’s great work to bedone here in Conway. This is where creativity 和 innovation are desperately needed. I want to play a part in sustaining strong local journalism,” Perry said.

He credits Winthrop for broadening his world views; he now uses it as a tool in his 讲故事.

“I hope students appreciate Winthrop’s diversity. When I was there, Winthrop’s enrollment was more diverse than many similarly sized schools. Being a part of a community where so many people don’t look or think like you is important. It gives you a better underst和ing of the world 和 challenges your assumptions,” Perry said.

He says Winthrop’s commitment to 包容性 helped transform him from a sheltered upbringing, where he was homeschooled 和 was the oldest of nine siblings.

“Winthrop introduced me to people with backgrounds different from my own. 我有伟大的 conversations about everything from race to politics to baseball,” he said. “有时 those talks grew intense — 9/11 和 the start of the Iraq war happened during my time there — but the debate helped me. It wasn’t adversarial.  It was engaging 和 forced me to ask questions I wasn’t used to asking. 我在那里长大.”

Follow Perry’s editorial features at myhorrynews.com

Last updated by rayj 10/04/2021

Last Updated: 10/4/21