Letter from The Fence Post: Our new editor Nikki Work welcomes the new year and new opportunities
January 6, 2016
It's hard to believe it's been a year since we combined the Rocky and the Plains editions into one bigger, better version of The Fence Post.
You, our dear readership, have been one patient bunch with all the changes coming here, and we have one more to announce for you. I'm that change. Hi!
I'm Nikki Work, and I'm The Fence Post's new editor. If my face or name seems familiar, that's because I'm only new to the position. I've been around a little bit, first as a designer and a reporter for the magazine after graduating from Metropolitan State University of Denver. This was my first job right out of college, and when I got the phone call to move up to Greeley, Colo., I have to tell you — I panicked. I grew up in the city, and before I started working here, I didn't know much about agriculture, save what my grandfather told me about growing up on a farm.
I knew that my food didn't come from the grocery store, but I certainly didn't know the difference between a Hereford and a Holstein, let alone that I'd find their products in different aisles at the grocery store.
“Everything we do moving forward will be to bring you better news, features, photos and more, the things you look for week in and week out. You, our readers, deserve a publication that grows and changes with the state of agriculture.”
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Then, I started designing pages for The Fence Post. After my first lesson — which just so happened to be the difference between a Hereford and a Holstein — I couldn't get enough. I wanted to soak up market information, harvest reports and to hear every slice of life I could from people in agriculture.
For about a year, that's what I did. I designed pages, carefully planting the details of people's stories into print. I wrote articles, asking the questions that drove like spurs into my sides, and getting my boots — clearly not the ones meant for the farm, as I found out — very, very dirty.
I left for a little bit, working as a reporter for the Greeley Tribune, but now I'm back and I am excited to take over the reins, or in this case, the computer keys. I even think I'll put on the right kind of boots this time.
But that's enough about me — you'll get to know me enough through the stories I write for you and the events I hope to meet all of you at. This magazine is, and always has been, about the rural lifestyle, and that's about you. The readers of The Fence Post are loyal, and that's something we can never thank you for enough. When I first started here more than a year ago, I was told that this was "The Farmer's and Rancher's Bible." That's something I've always taken seriously, and plan to continue to keep in the back of my mind with every assignment moving forward.
It's been a year since we took a big step toward serving you all even better by combining our two editions into one, and we don't plan to stop there. Everything we do moving forward will be to bring you better news, features, photos and more, the things you look for week in and week out. You, our readers, deserve a publication that grows and changes with the state of agriculture. We want to stay true to what we've always been, but change with the times and reach larger audiences than ever before. We also want to invite you to keep up with us every day on our website and social media.
This year was a good one for The Fence Post, filled with changes and new challenges for us to take on, but I am confident 2016 is going to be even better.
Thanks for coming on the ride with us. ❖