2017 DISTINCTION MEDIA KIT
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Meet Our Staff
Editor: Clay Barbour
Contact for inquiries into story ideas, letters to the editor and general feedback.
For inquiries into photography, art direction, advertising design, website, social and editorial design contact both Jennifer Fenner & EJ Toudt.
Creative Director: Jennifer Fenner
Family: Husband, Bryan; son, Davis; daughter, Logan
Hometown: Hampton, VA
Last book I read: “It Starts With Food,” by Melissa and Dallas Hartwig, which was a nice change from my regular rotation of “Goodnight Moon” and “Five Little Monkeys.”
Greatest accomplishment: Being a mother. Hands down the best job in the world.
If I were a drink I’d be: An ice-cold beer, preferably a Brooklyn Summer Ale.
In another life: I would be insanely wealthy so I could spend my time traveling the world.
If I ever played hooky, I’d: Spend the day at the beach.
Favorite color combination: Gray and yellow
Something I’d drive around the block to hear I have made an extra lap around the block (especially when my kids are sleeping in the back seat) to hear the end of a friend’s good story.
Creative Director: EJ Toudt
Family: Girlfriend, one dog, one cat
Hometown: Glen Ellyn, Ill
Latest book I’ve read: “Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy” by Judd Apatow
Greatest accomplishment: Consistently playing good music in great bands for 20+ years.
Quote: “Dear Mr. Vernon, we accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it is we did wrong, but we think you’re crazy for making us write an essay telling you who we think we are. You see us as you want to see us, in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out, is that each one of us is a brain, and an athlete, and a basketcase, a princess, and a criminal. Does that answer your question? Sincerely yours, The Breakfast Club.” – The Breakfast Club.
Favorite Movies: Breakfast Club, Shaun of the Dead, Django Unchained, Amelie, City of Lost Children, Just Like Being There and many more.
Favorite current designer/artist: Daniel Danger (tinymediaempire.com)
Something I’d drive around the block to hear and have done just that: Riddle Of Steel
Favorite thing to for a weekend: Go to the Shenandoah Valley.
Favorite drink: Local Craft Beer, IPA’s, Stouts, Sours also Whiskey, Gin, Vodka and Tequila.
Copy Editor: Erica Smith
Family: Parents, two siblings.
Hometown: None. I’m a (proud) military brat.
Last book I read: “The Stranger,” by Albert Camus (translation by Matthew Ward).
Greatest accomplishment: Helped my parents through my mother’s heart surgery and, later, her terminal illness; now supporting my dad. Proud, too, of my graduate work.
Quote: I know noble accents/ And lucid, inescapable rhythms;/ But I know, too,/ That the blackbird is involved/ In what I know.
– Wallace Stevens.
Profile: Too big, or too high.
In another life: My teacher was from New Zealand, my classmates were Japanese, Swedish, Austrian, Pakistani, English, Polish, American and, I think, Egyptian.
A song that moves me: Edelweiss, from The Sound of Music.