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Wednesday, April 16, 2014


The people behind The Oxford EAGLE — and why we do what we do

Director of Advertising Brian Roy, a graduate of Mississippi State University, has been with The EAGLE since 2004 and in his current position since 2007. His first newspaper job was delivering papers for his hometown paper, The Daily Times Leader in West Point. He has worked at newspapers throughout north Mississippi as an advertising sales representative, classified advertising manager, circulation director, marketing director and publisher. His duties at The EAGLE include overseeing advertising sales and graphic design.

Brian’s reason: “My mother said, ‘Newspapers must be a neat place to work because you’re at the hub of what’s going on in the community.’ That’s true, and I think it’s a very significant thing. If you’re a community-oriented person, this is a great place to work.”

Sales Representative Sarah Brooke Bishop joined The EAGLE as a graphic designer in 2003 and has worked in advertising since 2005. She is also coordinator for the Home Market Guide. A native of McGehee, Ark., she is a graduate of Ole Miss and an avid Rebel football fan. She serves on the Junior Leadership Steering Committee and the Shop Oxford campaign, both for the Oxford-Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce, and on the events committee for the United Way of Oxford and Lafayette County. She also teaches Sunday School for 3- and 4-year-olds at First Presbyterian Church.

Sarah Brooke’s reason: “I like working at The EAGLE because I get to meet new people and do something different at work every day. The environment here is very caring, and the people I work with are like my family here in Oxford.”

Sales Representative Ross Thornton joined The EAGLE in 2013. He graduated from the University of Mississippi. His duties at The EAGLE include working with local and regional businesses to meet their advertising needs in the newspaper.

Ross’ reason: “I enjoy being out in the community and helping our local businesses and people meet their advertising needs.”

Graphic Designer Kathy Wile began working at The EAGLE in 2007. Her duties include creating ads for all The EAGLE’s publications. She graduated from the University of Mississippi.

Kathy’s reason: “I like being able to use creativity in a work environment every day. Design allows me the freedom to have an idea of something and see it come alive.”

Graphic Designer Wade Griffin joined The EAGLE in 2007 from Tupelo’s Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal. He previously worked with weekly newspapers in Houston. Originally from Brandon, he earned a degree in marketing from Ole Miss. He is married to Katie Hiland Griffin and enjoys reading, watching movies and cheering for the Rebels in college football.

Wade’s reason: “I’ve always enjoyed art and drawing, and I like having freedom to use design skills every day.”

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