Will Shoemaker grew up in the midwest, but despite that, his parents were avid skiers so he grew up with a passion for skiing and the outdoors, like so many of us here in Crested Butte and the Gunnison Valley. Thanks to that passion, Will chose to attend Western Colorado University and became interested in journalism. Following an internship at the Gunnison Country Times, he eventually stayed on and is now the editor of Gunnison's local newspaper.
In this episode, Will and I discussed the challenges of journalism in today's digital age. While large metro newspapers struggle to compete in a sea of media content, smaller papers like the Gunnsion Country Times continue to stay relevant. After all, no one else is covering local events and politics the way that local papers do. We also talk about the future of journalism- how much longer will a paper like the Times remain in a paper, rather than digital, format? And why are so few articles in the Gunnison Country Times available on the internet for non-subscribers.
Of course, we also talk about why Will loves living in the Gunnison Valley. he and his wife recently completed the Elk Mountain Grand Traverse ski race between Crested Butte and Aspen. Will is also an avid backcountry snowboarder, hunter, trail runner, and more.
I hope you enjoy this episode of the Crested Butte is Home podcast!
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