Today marked the start of my third week working for Scripps Networks Interactive, the company behind HGTV, Food Network, Travel Channel, DIY Network, Great American Country and the Cooking Channel. When I informed my former coworkers what company I was joining, several of them asked me to where I would be relocating. The answer was nowhere. The company that brings you all of those cable networks just happens to be headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, and so am I.
Specifically my job is that of content manager of the company’s home-branded mobile apps. In less-technical terms, I wrangle the articles, photos and videos to be published on the apps, which at the moment include the HGTVtoGo, HGTV Color Guide, DIYtoGo and Dream Homes of the Past apps — a collection that will be expanding very, very soon. (Ahem, I invite you to download any and all of those apps. They’re free.)
I’ve done enough complaining here about the hours and demands of being a reporter here, that it might seem as if leaving AP for Scripps was a means for escape. Yes, that was some of it, but I’d had my eye set on Scripps ever since I discovered it was located in Knoxville and had heard what an awesome company it was. And it is. The people I work with are smart, creative and easygoing. The work environment is fantastic. The subject matter is engaging and fun to think about. (Have I ever mentioned how obsessively I read design blogs and watch HGTV? No? It’s an obsession.)
I might have been glad to escape the life of a reporter, but I don’t know that I could have hand-picked a better fit for a new chapter in my career.
So now you know what I did and what I do. And in an effort to keep my blog minimally Googleable, this likely will be the only time I mention my work in such specificity. Unless I decide to hound you more about downloading our apps. (DO IT, NOW) This is a good time to remind the world that any views expressed on this here blog are mine and mine alone and do not represent the views of Scripps Networks Interactive, any of the aforementioned cable networks or The Associated Press.
Also, I have nothing to do with the TV programming and cannot get you on House Crashers, House Hunters or any of the other shows you want to be on, but you can check out HGTV’s on-air opportunities here and DIY Network’s here.