News runs in new editor’s blood
Jim Scripp’s philosophy on the purpose of newspapers is simple: a paper, first and foremost, is meant to reflect the community it operates in.
“A newspaper, particularly in a small town, should be a bulletin board for the issues and events that the community really cares about,” Scripps said. “I want The Sierra Sun to be a place where readers feel they can freely express their ideas and concerns.”
The preceding is just one of many elements Scripps hopes to bring to the Truckee community next week, when he assumes the position of editor of The Sierra Sun.
Scripps, 27, a native of Los Altos, Calif., comes to Truckee from The Sun’s sister publication, The Nevada Appeal, a daily paper based in Carson City.
Scripps has been involved with newspapers since his adolescence, when he worked on his high school newspaper before going on to study journalism and history at the University of Oregon in Eugene.
“I just love being around newspaper people,” Scripps says. “They’re so interesting — kind of weird, but always smart. Journalists are one of my favorite types of people.”
After college, Scripps spent time in Roseburg, Oreg., about an hour south of his alma mater, where he interned at the daily paper, The News-Review.
For the past three years, he’s been at The Nevada Appeal, where he’s covered both the crime and courts beat, as well as business.
One of the biggest perks of his job as a business writer has been covering the weekly auto reviews. Each week, Scripps has a different new car dropped off at his office, which he then gets to cruise around in for a week or so until the next shiny new vehicle arrives.
“Everyone’s pretty jealous, but it’s been a lot fun,” he said, with a laugh.
When he’s not behind the wheel, he said he also enjoys the occasional crime story.
“Luckily, serious crimes don’t come along that often up here, but when they do, it’s been really interesting to cover them,” he said, citing one story in which he investigated the grave robbery of a prominent historical figure.
Scripps said he’s really looking forward to living and working in the Truckee community.
“It’s a great excuse to move to one of the most beautiful places in the world,” said Scripps, adding that he already commutes up to the area from his home in Reno nearly every weekend to go mountain biking, hiking or snowboarding.
One of the major goals he hopes to accomplish at the paper includes improving the paper’s content in terms of quality and timeliness.
“I also want people to know that I’m open to suggestions and ideas, and encourage people to call or come in and see me,” he said. “I’m very willing to listen to the community, as well as willing to put that advice into action.”