After two and a half years as the Chronicle-Independent’s editor capping off a nearly 20-year career in newspaper journalism -- with most of those years in Camden -- Jim Tatum is leaving the C-I to work for SC Biz News as associate editor with the magazine’s custom publications division. His last day at the C-I will be Feb. 7.
Martin L. Cahn, who preceded Tatum as editor and returned two years ago to serve as senior writer, will return to being the newspaper’s editor beginning Feb. 8.
Tatum, who began working with the C-I in 1998, returned twice, in 2003 for six years, and again in January 2015.
“What can I say but ‘thanks’ to everybody -- to Mike Mischner for having faith in me all these years; to everyone at the C-I for putting up with me for so long; and to this community,” Tatum said. “It’s been a privilege and a joy to work here. But now it’s time to move on to the next chapter -- so while I’m a little wistful as I leave, I am excited about what’s next.”
“With his lifelong connection to Camden and Kershaw County, Jim has been a huge asset to the C-I as a reporter and editor. We will miss him, but wish him luck as he begins a new chapter in his personal and professional life,” Publisher Mike Mischner said. “We’re also very happy to welcome Martin back to the editor’s chair. For more than 18 years, he has proven himself an excellent writer and editor. His commitment to community journalism and holding public bodies accountable is part of what makes the C-I such a strong voice in Kershaw County.”
Cahn said he is not just ready, but excited to be the C-I editor’s again.
“When I came back in 2017, I was burned out, just needed to refresh myself and stick to writing,” he said. “Thankfully, I’ve been ready for a while now to be the editor again and while I will miss Jim -- a lot -- I’m glad it’s under circumstances where he is being able to do what he wants to do.”
Cahn will continue to write for the C-I in addition to serving as editor and continue to act as the content manager for the C-I’s website and Facebook page.
Cahn and Mischner are in the process of hiring an associate editor to work with them on telling the real news stories of Kershaw County and hope to make an announcement soon.