I’ve been the editor of Government Video magazine for less than three months, but it already feels comfortable here. Much of that has to do with the fact that I worked for TV Technology magazine (a sister publication) from 2000 to 2005, so I have many of the same coworkers. They’ve welcomed me back and made me fit right in, despite the fact that I have eight years’ rust as an editor. They treated me like a peer, and not like the new guy who doesn’t know his way around. Even if I didn’t actually know my way around…
Although I have many co-workers who stand ready to help me at any time, most of the work for Government Video magazine is done by me from a cubicle in an office building in Alexandria, Virginia. The shot above is my cubicle — that’s where the magic happens, and that’s the very computer on which I am writing this blog post. So when it comes down to it, Government Video is pretty much the product of one person: me. In my short time here, I’ve mostly been allowed to include what I wanted to include and leave out what I wanted to leave out. The mistakes are mine, as is whatever glory may have accidentally accrued to this point.
I hope there will be more glory but for the moment, thinking about how to put an issue together by myself, find a couple of interesting things for GV’s web site (you do peek at GV’s web site occasionally, right?) and tapping some musings out here add up to a full day at the office. When you look at that photo, it doesn’t look particularly magical. However, this is where the GV magic happens and I wanted you to get a look.