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Farewell, Oakton

Oakton Patch's Nicole Trifone to leave post as local editor

Since Oakton Patch's launch Sept. 27, 2010, my name has stood at the top of the page as the site's local editor. With much gratitude to Patch for teaching me so much about the industry, I will be pursuing my career in online community journalism elsewhere.

My time with Patch and Oakton has been incredible. I've learned so much about journalism and its importance in communities often ignored. Taking on the Oakton Patch site seemed daunting: It's an unincorporated town in which many of its residents have been forced to attach themselves to the clubs and organizations in surrounding towns.

But I slowly discovered the wonderful ways Oakton residents have found to come together with their neighbors: the Vale Club, the Oakton Library, the Oakton Women's Club and the Moms of Oakton, to name a few of the groups that help provide Oakton with an identity. 

Schools also proved to be a natural gathering place. Covering Oakton High School and Flint Hill School sports has not only been one of the most popular sections of the site but also a whole new world of journalism for me. I cannot thank the sports parents, players and coaches enough for their enthusiasm for the coverage. 

I also want to take time to thank all the writers and photographers who have helped to fill this site with quality content. Two in particular have been with Oakton Patch since the beginning: Kathleen Canedo, the writer at the helm of At Home with Brutalism, and Michael Noone, the photographer who has shot more than his fair share of sports games and championships. Readers should be happy to know both will continue to work for the site.

My supervisor, Erica Hendry, will temporarily take over the site until a more permanent plan is established. You likely know her as the former local editor of Vienna Patch, which she launched in October 2010. You can reach her at Erica.Hendry@patch.com. 

For anyone who has requests or questions for me about past coverage or Patch, feel free to email me before Wednesday at Nicole.Trifone@patch.com. 

Thanks to everyone who has read this site over the past two years. I will always have fond memories of Oakton and I am so glad to have had the opportunity to spend so much time with this town.

Mama C November 27, 2012 at 03:01 AM
Nicole - best wishes in all your new endeavors! Your reoporting on the Oakton community and all that goes on has been such a great resource. We will really miss you and your contributions!
Nicole Trifone November 27, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Thanks to everyone for such kind words! It's been a blast not only covering the community, but meeting all of you.
Nicole Trifone November 27, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Mick, I think field hockey was a lost cause for me, anyway. Why do they blow the whistle so much?! But at least the girls were a lot of fun to interview. See you in April!
Nicole Trifone November 27, 2012 at 05:22 PM
How I managed to go nearly two years without meeting you in person is beyond me, Gail! I'm so glad you came to our event at Oakton Wine Shop this summer and that I've had the good fortune to run into you around town since then.
OHSCougar November 27, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Congratulation Nicole on your new gig... the Oakton community will miss you tremendously! The High School was blessed to have had such a fair, enthusiastic and professional journalist covering them. You provided us all something we desperately needed – our very own independent, consistent and entertaining voice. It is going to be real strange not seeing you on the sideline or along the edge of the pool taking pictures and scribbling something down. Who would have guessed that someday you would know the difference between a boys & girls LAX stick, that you are only allowed to use one side of a field hockey stick and how exciting a swim meet can be! Thank you for everything and good luck!

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