Camden Media Co. is proud to announce the return of Jim Tatum to the staff of the Chronicle-Independent. Tatum, who most recently worked for the Summerville Journal Scene, begins working as the C-I’s senior staff writer Monday. In addition, Tenell Felder is being promoted to design editor, a reflection of her excellent design work for several Camden Media Co. publications.
“We are incredibly excited to have Jim back in Camden,” Editor Martin L. Cahn said. “He grew up here, knows everybody and is one of the most talented reporters and columnists I know.”
Tatum first worked for the C-I in the late 1990s on the city beat. He left in 2000 to work in Beaufort for several years and returned in 2003, staying for four years as the county beat reporter before heading to Goose Creek and Summerville. During both periods at the C-I, Tatum won numerous S.C. Press Association awards for news, feature and column writing, including repeated honors for humor column writing.
Tatum is returning to his roots as he takes over the city beat from Cahn, who has covered Camden City Council meetings for more than 14 years. Cahn will continue to cover healthcare, but will take his long experience as a reporter to the education beat, covering Kershaw County Board of School Trustees meetings. Cahn also plans to focus more on special projects and in-depth stories.
Tatum and Assistant Editor Gary Phillips will also contribute special projects and in-depth stories as available. Phillips will take over producing the quarterly Lake Wateree News as well as continue work on The Connection, the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce’s publication. He will continue to cover the chamber itself, along with Kershaw County Council, Bethune Town Council and the crime beat.
In addition to covering Camden, Tatum will handle reporting duties for the C-I’s Localife page. As part of her expanded design duties, Felder will design the Localife page. The page will have a new name starting Monday: People & Places.
“We’re going to do something different with it,” Cahn said. “We’re having Jim treat what we’ve called ‘Localife’ up to now as a beat, equal to city, county, healthcare and sports. His contacts in the area are second to none and we think readers will enthusiastically embrace having some of his feature stories appear on that page as well as our front page. Tenell will then bring her incredible skills to designing Jim’s stories and other content on People & Places. We think folks will really enjoy what’s to come in the weeks and months ahead.”
Tatum will also be responsible for the C-I’s church page and obituaries, and contribute a weekly column. Church items should be sent to Tatum at email@example.com. Cahn is now handling all Calendar (“What’s Up?”) items, as well as all business-, military- and school-related briefs, all of which can be sent to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Along with designing People & Places and the C-I’s front page, Felder will continue acting as editor of the West Wateree Chronicle and designing The Camden Horse & Equestrian magazine and other equestrian products for Camden Media Co. She will also continue to cover the town of Elgin, including Elgin Town Council.
“With the addition of Jim Tatum to our news staff, the Chronicle-Independent now probably has the most experienced and talented group of journalists of any non-daily newspaper in the state of South Carolina,” Publisher Mike Mischner said.