Thanks For The Memories Essex-Middle River

Editor Ron Snyder reflects on the last two years as he prepares to leave Patch.

To me, one of the biggest roles of a journalist is that of a historian.

A journalist is charged with framing the events of their community as they happen. When future generations research the history an event, time period and/or person, it is the work of journalists that is often studied to place those historic moments into perspective.

That is a role I have always taken seriously, especially during my last two years while serving as the Essex-Middle River editor for Patch.com. In this role, I wasn’t just recording history; I was recording the history of my community. Essex-Middle River is where I live, it’s where I raise my children and where I plan on living for many years to come.

I’ve enjoyed being able to tell the story of my community, especially online which allowed me to often report the news as it happened. But, like all good things, there must come a time for an ending.

That is what I am doing now as today marks my last day at Patch.

It was a tough decision to make, but one I felt was needed for my family. I leave Patch with no regrets as in a short time I believe we helped change the face of journalism, in a world of a constantly evolving media.

When I first got into this business 15 years ago, there was no Facebook or Twitter or YouTube and the Internet was just becoming a focal point for newsgathering organizations. Today, there is no waiting for the morning or evening paper or tuning into the 6 or 11 p.m. newscast.

People expect their news as soon as it takes place. The pace at which news spreads today is mind numbing. I just think about last year’s story of the Perry Hall boy’s soccer team, which originally forfeited its season after doing the “” dance after a playoff win.

In a matter of hours the story, first reported by Patch’s Emily Kimball, went from a neighborhood issue to a story that made international headlines. The school eventually reversed its decision.

In the last two years, Essex-Middle River has been on the front line of many big stories, some happy, some sad and some just downright bizarre. I had the privilege of reporting on the efforts of residents to save the and the story of , the transgendered woman attacked at a Rosedale McDonald’s, a beating that went viral online.

I also followed a very personal story when I reported on the death of volunteer firefighteron Jan. 19, 2011. While I’ve covered similar tragedies in the past, this one hit close to home as Mark was a good friend and an usher in my wedding. To Patch editor Doug Donovan’s credit, he allowed me the chance to stay on the story, which helped me in my healing process.

I also can’t say enough to Patch and the community at large who reached out to me and my family when I shared the story of my son and our effort to purchase him a service dog to help with special needs associated with being a brain cancer survivor.

During these last few years, I have met so many quality and interesting people who have made a great impact on me and have done amazing work in the community. From the to and World War II veteran , this community is full of people who care a great deal about others and offer a reminder that there are still good people out there.

While I move on to the next chapter in my life, I want to say that I still plan on being active in the community and hope the story of the Essex-Middle River community continues to be told.

Thank you all so much.

Emily Kimball June 22, 2012 at 03:51 PM
You will be missed, Ron. Best of luck!
Kirsten Dize June 22, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Good luck with what's next, Ron. Ditto to what Emily said.
Tyler Waldman June 22, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Thanks for all you've done for Essex, Ron. Good luck out there.
Paul Rufe June 22, 2012 at 06:09 PM
To say that you will be missed as editor of The Patch is an understatement to say the least. You put more into this "job" than most people realize and for that I and our community are very grateful. Best wishes on your future and I hope to have the opportunity to work with you in the future for the betterment of our community. You and your family will be kept in my thoughts and prayers as you begin the newest part of your life's journey. God Bless!
sylvia anderson June 22, 2012 at 07:35 PM
You will be truly missed. You are an awesome writer who brought us stories of great athletes and great happenings in our community. With heartfelt stories about our military and service members. I will missbe your wonderfulway Patch Posts. Best wishes to you. Take care
Dennis Gilpin June 23, 2012 at 01:19 AM
Thanks for all the support you gave to the P.C.R.C. ( Baltimore County Police and Community Relations Councils.) You wrote a nice article explaining the role it played in the community.Best of luck in the future .
Buzz Beeler June 23, 2012 at 01:09 PM
Ron, always felt your were a true professional in every sense of the word. You took your piece of Patch (Essex-Middle River) and turned it into a field of great news stories. Good luck in your new life's journey wherever it leads you. Life is short and travel is essential.
Kim Remesch June 23, 2012 at 08:27 PM
You are a wonderful editor and equally wonderful person, Ron. Best of luck to you in the new job.
Joyce Anne Bacon June 25, 2012 at 10:39 AM
I feel you have done an excellent job and wish you the very best in your future endeavor. I appreciate all the help you gave me when I first started posting our church news. You were never too busy to explain everything and had the patience I always wished I had. Best of luck to you!
Renee Newberry June 25, 2012 at 02:01 PM
You were an awesome editor to work with. Best wishes on this new endeavor!
CCBC News and Events June 27, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Much luck in the future. I cannot thank you enough for your continuous and excellent articles in support of activities and programs at the Community College of Baltimore County. To say we will miss you is an understatement.
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