Schaumburg: As MJ once faxed: ‘I’m back’

If you’re reading this column today, it means I’ve survived my first week as editor of the Northwest Herald.

And that’s a great thing.

My new job is a double homecoming for me. It represents my return to Shaw Media and my return to the Northwest Herald newsroom, where I’ve spent more than a decade of my career.

A lot of you likely remember me as the Northwest Herald sports editor. That was a position I held from 2001 until 2005. I left sports and held a number of other editor positions at the Northwest Herald.

I was the managing editor when I was promoted to editor of the Daily Chronicle in November 2009. My career path with Shaw Media went from Crystal Lake to DeKalb.

My time as editor at the Daily Chronicle lasted until June, when I left Shaw Media for another opportunity.

Obviously, that didn’t work out. So here I am, and I couldn’t be happier to be leading this talented group of journalists.

I am fortunate to inherit a great newspaper, website and staff. That doesn’t mean we don’t have things we can do better or differently. As readers, I hope you can provide feedback and examples of some of those things. This is, after all, your news outlet.

I’ll share with you some of my expectations, which I shared with the newsroom this week.

Near the top of the list: The Northwest Herald will be an indispensable part of our readers’ lives.

How will we do that? By holding public officials accountable and serving as a watchdog for our communities. We will write stories that readers remember. We will provide news and information readers need to know about their community. While doing so, we will treat sources and those in the news fairly.

As technology evolves, so will we. We will embrace innovation. Our newsroom will be nimble enough to report on the news as it happens and deliver that news to you immediately through a number of platforms.

That’s my vision. What’s yours? What can we do to make your life better or easier? What kind of news or information are we not providing that you’d like to see? How do you read the Northwest Herald? In print? Online? On your smartphone?

Send me an email ( or give me a call (815-459-4122). Let me know what you expect of us.

• Jason Schaumburg is editor of the Northwest Herald. He’s not sure anybody reads the shirttail on columns, so if you’ve made it this far, send him an email or tweet. His email address is You can find him on Twitter by following @Schaumy.

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