Monday, Jun. 04, 2012
New reporter joins CCDM staff
Bashioum worked at weekly in Iowa
After a brief departure from journalism, Bethany Bashioum was anxious to get back into a newsroom.
Bashioum took over duties as a reporter for the Cass County Democrat Missourian May 21. She comes to the newspaper via Calvary Bible College and Theological Seminary in Belton, where she resides. Bashioum worked at Calvary as the website administrator in the public relations and marketing department.
“It is a pleasure to be a journalist once again in a community such as Cass County,” Bashioum said. “I have greatly missed working in the field of community journalism and feel fortunate for the opportunity to come along side the rest of the team at The Democrat Missourian.”
Prior to Calvary, Bashioum was a reporter for the N’West Iowa Review, one of the longest-running and most awarded weekly newspapers in Iowa. Bashioum spent a year-and-a-half at the Review covering education, local and county government, business, health and agriculture.
“Bethany brings a youthful edge and the experience of a seasoned reporter to our newspaper,” Democrat Missourian Publisher John Beaudoin said. “Having worked at what many consider to be the best weekly newspaper in Iowa, Bethany understands the defining qualities of community journalism and will be able to tackle local stories and issues in a proficient way.”
Bashioum has a B.S. in journalism from Evangel University and recently completed her master’s in communications at Regent University.
“In the good, but also in times of the unfortunate, it is my desire to report truth in the stories that are published each week. I hope I can help this paper continue to gain the trust of its readers and those throughout the community, as they are the heartbeat of the product we create,” Bashioum said. “Through my previous newspaper experience in northwest Iowa, I learned a lot about the pride of small communities and the sincere concern citizens have for their neighbors and hope that I can be faithful in displaying that value and sense of community throughout the newspaper’s coverage.”