Editor’s Notebook: A new home and lots to be thankful for

October 6, 2021 5:55 am
The corner of a small room, with hardwood floors

A corner of the “bullpen” area of the New Hampshire Bulletin’s new office in downtown Concord. (Dana Wormald | New Hampshire Bulletin)

This week, the New Hampshire Bulletin team – Annmarie, Ethan, Amanda, and I – will be moving into our new home on North Main Street in downtown Concord, our first time together in a real newsroom, and so I thought I would use this page of the Editor’s Notebook to briefly say thank you to all of you as we start a new chapter.

Since the Bulletin launched nearly six months ago, we have been overwhelmed by your kind words, encouragement, and support. Many of you have signed up for our daily newsletter, sent in a donation, and made a point of spreading the word about our site and the great work of our reporting team. And it really is a team. In my 25-plus years as a journalist, I can honestly say I’ve never been around a group so dedicated not only to the mission but to each other. Amanda, Annmarie, and Ethan are very good at what they do and they’re unfailingly kind – and I feel so fortunate to be their editor.

We have a lot of work to do, in the weeks, months, and years ahead, and we couldn’t be happier about it. We’ll continue to share our coverage for free, with no paywall or advertisements, and as always we encourage other news outlets in the state to republish our stories, also free of charge. As long as you keep reading, we’ll keep telling the stories.

I also want to give special thanks to Mark Ciborowski, who not only agreed to lease us space for our small newsroom but absolutely transformed the place. What started out in the spring as a plan to replace the old carpeting and add a fresh coat of paint, with a move-in date of June 1, became a stunning restoration project of a historic spot in downtown Concord that has taken us into October. From the refurbished hardwood floors right up to the metal ceiling, it was absolutely worth the wait. We hope to show it off to you during an open house in the near future, when COVID allows.

And now, if you’ll excuse me, I have some desks to put together. Wish me luck.

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Dana Wormald
Dana Wormald

Dana Wormald, a lifelong resident of New Hampshire, has been a newspaper editor for more than 25 years. He began his career on the Concord Monitor’s news desk in 1995 and later spent more than a decade at the New Hampshire Union Leader. In 2014, he returned to the Monitor to serve as opinion editor, a position he held until being named editor of the Bulletin.