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Area native added to ClarkCountyToday.com news staff

Jacob Granneman joins news organization upon graduation from Washington State University’s Edward R. Murrow School of Communication

VANCOUVER — Jacob Granneman has joined the news staff at ClarkCountyToday.com.

Jacob Granneman
Jacob Granneman

Granneman, a Clark County resident, recently joined ClarkCountyToday.com as a full-time news reporter. This spring, Granneman graduated from the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication at Washington State University in Pullman.

“We’re very excited to announce the addition of Jacob Granneman to our award-winning news staff at ClarkCountyToday.com,’’ said Editor Ken Vance. “Jacob’s skillset, personality and character are a perfect match for our standout staff of professionals.’’

Prior to completing his degree in journalism and media production at Washington State University, Granneman earned an associate degree from Clark College. He is a graduate of La Center High School.

Granneman prides himself as a filmmaker and storyteller.

I greatly value and appreciate people who are telling the stories of their community,’’ Granneman said. “This was a large part of why I joined ClarkCountyToday.com. In my opinion, there is no greater task than being a storyteller. You control the narrative, and that is a responsibility that should not be taken lightly.

“Journalism as a whole is an industry that wields the microphone, so to speak, and can be an influence for change and betterment, or for sensationalism,’’ Granneman said. “I wanted to be a part of something in my community for change and betterment. I genuinely believe in the people at ClarkCountyToday.com. Their heart behind their work is always to supply people with the most vibrant and informational story.’’

Granneman embraces ClarkCountyToday.com’s pledge to deliver community news in a variety ways, utilizing editorial, visual and video content.

“I am also a filmmaker, so I wanted to go somewhere I could be very involved in production and the telling of stories visually.’’ Granneman said. “I saw that at ClarkCountyToday.com, much more so than other media outlets in the area. In my experience, today, there is no greater communication medium than film and video. You are there with them. You are living the story. No matter what it is.’’

In August, ClarkCountyToday.com had a record number of unique visitors and pageviews.

“I decided to join ClarkCountyToday.com because I saw the potential for something genuinely creative, and I was right,’’ Granneman said.

Granneman’s passions range from cinematography, to meeting new folks, to going on adventures in the rugged Pacific Northwest. He lives with his wife Bailey in Vancouver. He is an active youth leader at City Harvest Church in Vancouver.

Granneman replaces former ClarkCountyToday.com reporter Eric Schwartz, who returned to an administrative position with LaFromboise Communications in Centralia.

In addition to Granneman, ClarkCountyToday.com’s news team includes reporters Chris Brown and Paul Valencia, photographer/videographer Mike Schultz, graphic designer/webmaster Andi Schwartz and Editor Ken Vance, ClarkCountyToday.com is also led by Administrator Heidi Wetzler.

Granneman can be reached by email at [email protected].

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About The Author

Ken Vance got his start in the newspaper industry in 1987 as a reporter at The Columbian Newspaper in Vancouver. Vance graduated from Stevenson High School in Stevenson, WA, and attended Clark College in Vancouver. He worked for The Columbian from 1987-2001. He was most recently a staff member of The Reflector Newspaper in Battle Ground, where he served as editor since 2010 and reporter since 2007. Vance’s work in the newspaper industry has won him multiple awards, including a first place award from the Society of Professional Journalists for in-depth reporting.

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