FROM STAFF REPORTS
The Sumter Item recently welcomed a new member to its creative services team in the newsroom.
Janel Strieter joins the paper after working for several years at the Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce and is serving as a …
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Janel Strieter joins the paper after working for several years at the Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce and is serving as a graphic designer and general graphics department team member, helping to promote both news and advertising products.
She is responsible for building ads and designing special sections for the print newspaper, magazines and digital content. Having helped cover events and network for the Chamber, don't be surprised if you see Strieter at events with her camera on behalf of the paper.
Originally from the Chicago suburbs, Strieter decided to move to South Carolina after falling in love with the area while visiting family.
She said she wasn't looking to leave the Chamber or for a change in positions but saw an opening at The Item "and had to apply and seize the chance to pursue her interest in graphic design and be a part of the great team at The Item."
"We're certainly excited to have Janel join our team at The Item," Publisher Vince Johnson said. "She has worked with us in building several community projects through her role at the Chamber, and we're excited to see where she takes this position in our evolving local media company. She's a great asset to our community as a whole."
Strieter obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri.
She is replacing Cary Howard, an award-winning graphic designer who left to take a position at Hodge Systems and Consulting Services. Leadership at The Sumter Item knows Strieter has big shoes to fill but is confident both women will exceed expectations in their respective new roles.
"While I have moved onto a new chapter in my career," Strieter said, "I am very thankful for the opportunity to continue to engage with the Sumter community and for the part I will play in helping our readers stay up to date on the latest news in Sumter."
Strieter can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (803) 774-1244. We are in the process of updating our Contact Us page. To find her bio along with others from our staff, go to www.theitem.com/contact.
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