National Masters News releases editor, hooks new one
Randy Sturgeon’s hands are full as publisher of National Masters News. Getting the monthly paper produced, printed and mailed is a monster task. (Not to mention selling ads.) The last thing he needed was a botched editorial product. Sadly, his initial pick for editor, Juliet Wahleithner, was an embarrassment. I haven’t detailed the shameful production and proofreading errors of the past few issues, but they were many and egregious (including a set of results that looked like computer gibberish and labeling the June issue as May. Appalling.) So Randy, in his best diplomatic way, has replaced Juliet after only five issues with a W40 runner named Carmel Papworth-Barnum, whom he says has “a great deal of experience in newsletter production and editing.”
Randy sent this note to various masters mavens today:
I have hired a new editor for National Masters News. It is Carmel Papworth-Barnum. Carmel has a great deal of experience in newsletter production and editing. She is also very active in masters track and field and long distance running.
Of course she is the wife of world champ runner Larry Barnum and both live in Reno, Nevada. Carmel has competed in the WMA world meet in San Sebastian, where she and Larry met and has competed at the indoor nationals in Boston the last two years and will be competing in the meet in outdoor meet in Orono.
Carmel has been working on results the last two months for NMN and will be working full time on the publication. She replaces Juliet Wahleithner who will continue to work full time for the Lodi Unified School District in Lodi, CA and will attend grad school in the fall. She will be helping Carmel with the transition over the summer.
I am certainly thrilled to have a person such as Carmel involved with NMN. She brings both the publishing experience and the passion for masters athletics that is needed.
I also want to thank Juliet. Without her I could not have purchased NMN and gotten things off the ground. It has been quite an adventure taking over the last six months but I could not have gotten this going and passed the baton to Carmel without Juliet. Juliet told me the biggest thing she will miss is all the people she met at the indoor nationals in Boston.
More on Larry and Carmel was printed in their association newsletter after the Boston indoor nationals:
Newlyweds Larry Barnum (63) and Carmel Papworth-Barnum (41) had some terrific results in their first indoor track appearance as husband and wife. World-champion Barnum continued his comeback from injury with a bronze medal in an extremely close 400 meter race while his bride captured the bronze in the 3,000 meter run, silver in the 4x 400 relay, 4th place in the mile, and 5th in the 800.
Carmel is a native Aussie, apparently, who took third in W40 5000 and fourth in the 1500 at San Sebastian worlds in 17:29.07 and 4:53.44, respectively. She can run, no doubt. We hope her editor’s eye is just as accomplished.
We wish Randy, Carmel (and Larry) all the best as they try to salvage our community newspaper — and its long legacy of masters coverage.