The Beaumont Enterprise welcomes new assistant editor Matt Hollinshead

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The Beaumont Enterprise is bringing aboard a brand new workers member.

Matt Hollinshead will function the outlet’s new assistant editor, supporting editor Kaitlin Bain.

Hollinshead is just not solely a brand new face to The Enterprise, however to Beaumont as effectively.

Nevertheless, he’s spent his whole profession within the Southwest. He spent the earlier yr working on the Rio Rancho Observer in New Mexico, protecting enterprise, Sandoval County and different common assignments.

This would be the first managerial place for Hollinshead, who spent the vast majority of his profession as a sports activities reporter earlier than transitioning into enterprise reporting in 2020 after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Hollinshead began his profession at The Kingman Every day Miner in Kingman, Arizona, then moved to publications in New Mexico — the Carlsbad Present-Argus, Farmington Every day Instances and Rio Rancher Observer. He spent greater than eight years in New Mexico earlier than arriving in Beaumont.

A Colorado native and 2013 graduate of Metropolitan State College of Denver, Hollinshead was drawn to journalism as a result of he struggled to speak with folks as a toddler.

“I knew internally I wished some sort of avenue to enhance on speaking to folks, having the ability to cope with completely different personalities, resolve battle and so forth,” he mentioned.

Hollinshead mentioned journalism helped his private growth.

“Simply having the ability to get on the market and be in a state of affairs the place I had to have the ability to speak to folks, I feel it did me a whole lot of good to decide on that as my explicit profession,” he mentioned.

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Transitioning from sports activities to enterprise helped him develop into a extra well-rounded journalist.

Hollinshead was drawn to The Enterprise by its newsroom tradition, he mentioned.

“I preferred the truth that it was a youthful newsroom and it was my probability to get some a lot wanted management administration expertise and for the quick time period, having the ability to work with a younger group of, frankly, dogged, decided reporters,” he mentioned. “It looks as if Kaitlin and I, we each sort of share an analogous imaginative and prescient for a way a newsroom ought to function.”

The Enterprise’s status in Texas journalism additionally drew him to the publication, and he mentioned he is excited by the alternatives the job might present him sooner or later.

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“I would like us to have the ability to speak to one another, actually be capable to talk, be extra of that collaborative surroundings. I actually really feel that is a part of what an editor ought to do,” he mentioned.

Group journalism is completely paramount to the area, Hollinshead mentioned.

He mentioned it’s the duty of a media group to tell residents right here, break down why a subject issues and what it means for them now or sooner or later.

Whereas Hollinshead is new to Southeast Texas, he mentioned that does not imply he is not being attentive to what is going on on within the space.

“I am right here for a cause — to be part of highlighting the issues that should be addressed on this neighborhood, the issues that do, in reality, want to alter,” he mentioned. “Even when it could take me a little bit of time to get acclimated to the world and get to know all the gamers, so to talk, to inform the story the way in which it must be advised to the most effective of our means as a media group.”

Hollinshead mentioned he is able to work to earn the belief of the neighborhood and inform the tales that matter.

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“I would like to have the ability to cowl tales that might assist propel Beaumont ahead,” he mentioned. “I would like to have the ability to spotlight tales that reinforce ‘that is why individual A might completely name Beaumont, Texas dwelling.’ I would like to have the ability to spotlight simply because somebody could not have ever heard of Beaumont, Texas, (that) does not imply it is best to keep away from it in any respect prices.”

Hollinshead mentioned he is been impressed with how mellow Beaumont residents are.

“I get the sense it is a very heat, nice place,” he mentioned. 

Hollinshead might be reached through e mail at or at 409-838-2849.


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