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Loving the (journo) life, leaving Liberis

Well, that was quick (sort of) for my standards, certainly quick compared to the 15-year run at Tegopoulos Publications. It took me less than 2 years to find out that doing project management for a company that cares more about its image than its substance or value is pointless – so it seems that I have to leave Liberis Publications and move on. Well, it took much less than that, actually, but sometimes you have to let hope take a few breaths before you finally choke it. It’s called being a positive thinker, a fighter, a professional. Or just plain stupid, maybe?

Good thing I had my work as a journalist to keep my sanity intact (let alone my place in the Greek market in general) during all this time. It seems to me that – as a cliche character would say in a Hollywood flick – reporting and commenting is my true calling after all. Always knew it, of course, but facts are like bricks: they occassionally need to hit you in the face in order to make themselves accepted. This one fact sure did. No matter what other opportunity presents itself in the future, a journalist is what it’s better for me to remain in some capacity. Not just for kicks, you know.

Planning the next move, then, while continuing reporting in all the media I currently do. It seems like this next move might not be far off, too.

The obligatory “Hello World” post

Can’t have a new presence on the Internet without a post about it, yes? Coders call it a “Hello World” message whenever they achieve to either reach fully functional state of something they’re building – or, well, whenever they manage to hack into a system and tell it what to do on a whim. For Farkonas.com this is the… “Hello World” post, kind of. Didn’t even have to hack WordPress to do it!

These words are written a few nights after I decided to leave the company and newspaper that made me the journalist I am – Eleutherotypia, after 15 years no less – in order to move on. I have no idea what to expect from my next pursuit at Liberis Publications – the job description does not require journalistic skills… who would have thought? – but hey. After all this time, at this point, leaping forward into the unknown seems preferable to just going around in circles waiting for unchangeable things to somehow change.

Reporting will go on elsewhere of course – but, for now, project management it is. Off to different things. Over and out.