Hi there. I’m Rob Weir, the director of digital development at the Columbia Missourian. That’s a fancy way of saying that I’m in charge of all our digital planning, from computer needs to building our new Web site to teaching people how to text message.
Recently, I realized that I’ve been thinking and talking a lot about new media — and especially what we’re up to with our Web site — without necessarily remembering to write down any of my thoughts. So this might serve more as a personal journal than anything else, but at least now I have a spot to jot down some thoughts.
As to who I am — I grew up in a journalism family. My dad’s a longtime newspaper publisher and manager in Missouri and, recently, in Colorado; his dad was a publisher too. So I’ve got ink in my blood. I’ve also worked at a whole lot of newspaper jobs, from the pressroom to the newsroom to the business office. So I have a little bit of experience in a lot of areas.
My current job is meant to be mostly about thinking/talking/planning/dreaming about our digital future at the Missourian, Vox magazine and MyMissourian, as well as our other news outlets. The first part of it was a lot of IT work, but that’s slowed down enough that I can start thinking and planning, and most importantly doing what I was hired to do. So that’s what I’m up to now.
Oh, and I’m also a huge Mizzou football fan. And I follow basketball and other sports too, so on occasion I might delve into that. If I have a sports-only post, I’ll make sure to tag it that way so you can ignore it if you want to.
I’m on Facebook and Twitter. Links in the link area once I get around to editing that some more.