Central Telegraph editor Cameron McCrohon steps down
AFTER racking up nearly three decades at the Central Telegraph in various roles, Cameron McCrohon has decided it is time to move on.
Mr McCrohon published his final edition of the 'CT' last week, 29 years after he skipped Schoolies week to walk into the darkroom as an apprentice compositor.
"All the text was in single columns and you had to develop it like a photograph, then cut it up and lay it onto the page," he said.
"We had two full-time journalists, but there was a staff of between 16 and 20 when it was printed on site.
"Now a lot of those jobs don't exist anymore because of digital technology."
After spending several years in the darkroom, he worked his way into a journalism role in the mid-1990s, before taking over as managing editor in 2003.
Having filled that role for 15 years, he recently decided it was time for a change.
"I had some things happen in my personal life - I lost my father, that refocused me on a few things," he said.
"The role here is also pretty demanding. Putting out a paper, regardless of the size, is a massive undertaking a lot of people don't appreciate until they physically have to do it.
"I always loved it, but an opportunity was available at the council so I applied."
Mr McCrohon nominated the newspaper's coverage of the Theodore floods and the Moura mine disasters as examples of a job well done.
"It just goes to show the difference between a local paper compared to southern media who came in and were just in and out," he said.
"Another highlight for me, particularly over the last 10 years, has been how well the people I have trained have gone on to become leaders in their own newsrooms."