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Loving the (journo) life, leaving Liberis

Well, that was kind of quick for my standards, certainly quick compared to the 14-year run at Tegopoulos Publications. It took me less than 2 years to find out that doing full-time project management for a company that cares more about its image than its value is pointless – so it seems that I have to leave Liberis Publications and move on.

Well, it took much less than two years, 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 this time. It seems to me that – cliche or not – reporting and commenting is my true calling after all. Always knew it, to be honest, but facts are like bricks: they occasionally have to hit you in the face in order to make themselves accepted. This one fact sure did.

So, a valuable lesson: no matter what other opportunity presents itself in the future, a journalist I’d better 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 Web without a post about it, right? Something along the lines of what coders call a “Hello World” message to signify that they’ve either reached functional state of a system or, well, hacked into a system to tell it what to do on a whim. For Farkonas.com this post is kind of the former, so… “Hello World”. Didn’t even have to hack into anything, just do a bit of fast work.

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 14 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 even mention journalistic skills… who would have thought? – but hey. Leaping forward into the unknown seems, at this point, preferable to just helplessly witnessing a series of already disheartening events unfold and sticking around to watch the inevitable outcome.

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