Christine McNeal exits journalism

The Blog sends its best regards and heartfelt congratulations to Christine McNeal, SND’s immediate past president and, until today, the leader of visual journalism at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, who has decided to embark on a new career.

“Our industry is changing and now seems the time to answer a different call,” Christine wrote to colleagues today, announcing she has resigned her deputy managing editor position in Wisconsin.

What will Christine, an all-around great person and terrific leader, do next? Christine will enter seminary, “meaning I’ll be a minister by the time I’m 50,” she writes. “I’m likely to take an emphasis in environmental justice or social justice.”

Christine explains that she’s always felt a higher calling and the timing just seems right to study at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, after months of planning and various procedures she needed to complete to make her dream a reality.

And in her trademark good will and generosity, Christine concludes her note to colleagues this way: “With all of your energy, talent and spirit I look forward to watching newspapers and SND grow into the future.”

That’s typical Christine, always thinking of others and seeing the best in the world. We’re proud to count her among our very best friends and cannot help but note the way she has helped us through many trying times. She’s one of the most giving people we’ve ever met.

If the past is any indication, Christine will make an excellent minister. We already know she’s a great evangelist, having seen her in action. Our best as you begin that next amazing adventure, Christine: Here’s to all you have done for the industry!

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6 thoughts on “Christine McNeal exits journalism”

  1. Matt is right — what Christine has done for the Society is practically unmatched. She has been such an amazing ambassador for SND for so many years and she’s helped so many people along the way, making a difference for so many people, including me. When I was competition coordinator in 2006, Christine was right there as one of my judges — at once telling me she’d do anything I needed, and calming my nerves at the same time, since she had been coordinator just two years earlier. And then there she was in Orlando, calming me down yet again as we hit the stage together at the awards banquet. I can honestly say I wouldn’t be as active in SND if not for Christine’s encouragement and support along the way. Thanks so much, Christine! You are indeed one of the greats!

  2. woah! is this a new trend? joe, monica, steph and now christine? ='(

    but damn, christine is awesome. don’t forget she bought that macbook for the raffle at snd orlando’s casino night. had the pleasure to speak with her at mpi in st. louis. what a fantastic person.

    good luck christine!

  3. Christine is one of journalism’s great class acts. As an SND officer, she worked tirelessly to build bridges for SND all over the world. We were so privileged to have her at the helm during SND Orlando. Her main goal for the workshop? To break through the cliques and make everyone feel included. That’s the hallmark of her leadership style, to reach out to people at the individual level. She’ll be an amazing spiritual adviser. Thank you, thank you, thank you Christine!

  4. Wow, what a loss, but you are a class act Christine, and it was an honor to meet you and to know you. I wish you all the best!

  5. Wow, I’m stunned by this news. I really hope the best for you Christine. Milwaukee will definitely be not as cool a place without you. 😦

    I quite honestly wouldn’t be where I’m at in my career right now if you didn’t take a chance on the shy kid who overdressed way too much three years ago. And I really appreciate it.

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