Korey Johnson has joined the Daily Journal editorial staff as a reporter.
A Festus native, Johnson has worked at KJFF-1400 AM in that city for the past four-and-a-half years.
He graduated from Festus High School and has been attending Jefferson Community College in Hillsboro.
“As a kid I was always interested in meteorology — not necessarily broadcasting — but meteorology is a part of broadcasting,” Johnson said. “That’s driven me to where I am now. I’m going to take a few more classes while I’m working at the Daily Journal.”
Asked what he sees as the major difference between working in radio and print journalism, Johnson replied, “Working for a newspaper is a lot different than what I’ve been doing at KJFF. Media-wise it’s kind of the same as radio, but there’s a lot more detail involved in writing for a newspaper.”
Johnson’s “beat” will include the cities of Leadwood and Park Hills, along with the West County and Central school districts, and Park Hills-Leadington Chamber of Commerce. As with all Daily Journal reporters, he will cover features and other stories both inside and outside his coverage area.
It appears Johnson is already fitting in as part of the newspaper’s editorial staff, as well as in the communities where he’ll be reporting.
“I’m excited about being at the Daily Journal,” he said. “I’ve been here for about a week now and the staff has been good to me. The people I’ve worked with in Leadwood and Park Hills have also been very welcoming.”
“We’re looking forward to having Korey as part of our editorial staff,” said Daily Journal Managing Editor Doug Smith. “His previous journalistic experience in radio should serve him well as he transitions into print and online media.”
Kevin Jenkins is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3614 or firstname.lastname@example.org