SPRINGVILLE — There’s a new face at the Springville Journal and, if his varied background is any indication, he knows his way around a reporter’s notebook. Joshua Gordon comes to the Journal after earning his master’s degree in library and information science from the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he worked as a teaching assistant in that same department, until recently. Prior to that, he was a graduate assistant and assistant librarian in the SUNY at Buffalo Poetry Collection.
The journalist’s search for the story has taken him from the sleepy towns of the Southern Tier to the streaming streets of the big city, as he worked for the Patriot and Free Press in Cuba, N.Y., Buffablog.com, reviewed textbooks for Education for Information and reported for the New York Post in New York, N.Y. He also spent time as an enrollment and marketing assistant at American University in Washington, D.C. and at Bureau Veritas in Buffalo.
He said he got into library science as a means to fulfill his thirst for information, but he got out of it because he preferred the faster pace of journalism to the quieter desks and stacks of librarians.
Although he has closed the card catalog drawer for now, Gordon said that library and information science taught him research, editing and fact-checking skills he would not have gleaned from another field of study, and that it has lent him the versatility to work in a variety of atmospheres and roles.
“I love the world of newspapers,” Gordon said. “I can’t help being plugged in. I love chasing the story, doing all you can do to get it done. I thrive under pressure and love talking to people and getting that local angle. I’m persistent and will do all I can, to get it right.”
No stranger to the small-town demographic in southern Western New York, Gordon originally attended St. Bonaventure University in Olean before he earned his bachelor’s degree in English and philosophy from the State University of New York at Fredonia. He graduated from Cuba-Rushford High School and said he likes the pace of life in a small town like Springville.
Not that Gordon runs at that pace himself, he made sure to add. The Buffalo resident and his wife Ilana have a six-month-old son, Lev Hershel, who keeps his new parents busy.
“Having a son is a job in and of itself,” Gordon said, with a laugh.
Gordon also plays bass guitar in a number of local bands and watches his wife on her roller derby team, in what spare time he has left in between writing and caring for Lev.
As for his work life, Gordon said he likes to work until he gets the story done, no matter how long that takes.
“I want to help maintain the integrity of the newspaper,” the new Journal reporter said, of his goals on the job.
“Writing is what I do. I want to keep writing, keep finding weird stories and keep up the work that I love to do.”
Gordon can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling his desk at 592-4550 ext. 20.