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Reporter parts ways with ECP

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MEGAN GRAY

The Ellis County Press

FERRIS – Last week while citizens across the county were clearing up leftover debris from the record breaking snowfall of 2010, Joey Dauben, former News Editor/ Reporter/Columnist of The Ellis County Press was packing his things to go off to a political convention in Washington D.C.

"You can be a journalist, an activist or a blogger, you can’t be all three if you want to hold a high-quality standard for a newspaper," said Publisher Charles D. Hatfield Jr.

While Hatfield wishes Dauben the best in his future describing him as a "very smart and talented writer" the paper is going in a different direction and there are changes being put in place to bring a higher level of professionalism at the paper.

 "After a decade of journalism and my two Internet companies being closed two weeks ago, I had to re-focus and find a way to for one, replace almost $3,000 in monthly income that was just cut off, and two, re-examine my political roles," said Dauben.

"Parting ways was exactly what God had in mind."

"I love The Ellis County Press and consider the Hatfield family an extension of my own family. They provided a lot of tools and resources for me to carry out their mission - and God’s plan - to defend truth and freedom," said 29-year-old Dauben.


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