Two join Ledger-Transcript staff

PETERBOROUGH — The Monadnock Ledger-Transcript recently added two employees to its staff — one in the newsroom and one in the sales and business department.

Keene State graduate Lindsey Arceci of Jaffrey joined Ledger-Transcript’s reporting staff in July while Sue Walden joined the business office in August as an inside sales representative.

Arceci is covering the news, events and people of Francestown, Antrim and Bennington. Arceci first got hooked on print journalism as a high school student, she said in an interview Friday. While attending Conant High School, she was involved in the school’s twice-monthly newspaper.

“I just really liked being in the know,” said Arceci of what attracted her to journalism. “I knew I wanted to explore journalism more, though I didn’t know what aspect of it. But I knew I liked newspapers.”

When she moved onto college, she majored in journalism, with a minor in modern dance. She wrote for the news section of “The Equinox,” the Keene State newspaper, and helped to copy edit and was involved with layout and production, too.

In school, there was a big push toward newer forms of journalism, she noted, such as broadcasting and web journalism, but Arceci said its print journalism she’s passionate about.

“So many people in college told me I should go for television, or focus on being a photographer, or [work in] digital media. But if you love something and people are trying to discourage you, don’t give up,” Arceci said. “I consider print journalism changing, not dying. So many people tried to get me to go in another direction. But I got a job and I’m improving, so I would say stick with what you care about.”

That conviction paid off, she said, when she was hired by the Ledger-Transcript shortly after graduating.

“I was surprised that I got a job so quickly out of college. I love it, and I’m so thankful. It’s so nice to be involved in an area that I’m familiar with. That’s comforting, but it’s surprising the things you don’t know about the towns you grew up around.”

Walden will be the first face someone sees when they walk into the Ledger-Transcript business office and, in some cases, the first voice.

Walden is originally from Cape Maine, N.J., and spent 18 years working as a photographer, shooting portraits and weddings and running her own business, Sue Walden Photography. To prepare herself for the photography field, Walden attended the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in photographic illustration in 1991, and worked with film photography up until 2002 in her business.

“We were in the darkroom at school, it was great,” Walden said in an interview Thursday. “As I was leaving there, the whole digital thing was happening. Photoshop had just really come out, and everyone wanted to get into that.”

Before finding her new job at the paper, Walden spent some time working as a flight attendant for U.S. Airways out of Philadelphia. “I wanted to do something different than what I had been doing for 18 years. I wanted to start fresh,” Walden said.

But an opening at the Ledger-Transcript this summer caught her eye.

“I’ve always been interested in the newspaper field. I guess since the opportunity came along where there was an opening, I thought it was a good time,” Walden said about changing careers. “When I first moved up here, I was working as a flight attendant. So that didn’t work out for me, because I was away too long. I have kids and I just wanted sort of a normal, 8 to 5 or 9 to 5, job.”

What originally brought her to this area of the country, however, was skiing. Walden and her family are avid skiers. Her two daughters, 16-year-old Julia, and seven- and a half-year-old Kiana, both ski at Crotched Mountain Ski & Ride in Bennington in the winter. Julia also works as a ski instructor at Crotched, and competes in downhill ski races with the ConVal High School ski team. The family has lived in Peterborough for more than a year.

Some of Walden’s responsibilities at the Ledger-Transcript include booking classified advertisements, public notices, answering phones, customer service and assisting with booking ads. Eventually, once she becomes more immersed in her duties, she will also help with obituaries and some advertising sales.

After two weeks at the newspaper so far, Walden is happy.

“I love it. The people are great,” Walden said. “And I love this town. I just feel that working for a paper you get the inside scoop on what’s going on.”

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