Rushing hired as new reporter

Staff report

November 15, 2013

Lisa Rushing has been hired as a new general assignment reporter for The Richmond County Daily Journal.

Her first day on the job was Friday.

Rushing, 28, is the third member of the editorial staff in recent months to bring a background in the legal profession to the newsroom. Reporter Amanda Moss is a law school graduate and Kevin Spradlin, editor and content manager, was formerly a paralegal while serving in the Army.

Rushing previously worked as a paralegal for Van Camp, Meacham and Newman in Pinehurst and was a legal assistant with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman in McLean, Va.

She earned her associates degree in 2004 in paralegal studies from King’s College in Charlotte. The Wilmington native has lived in Hamlet for most of the last 10 years.

“I’m really excited to be here,” Rushing said.

She said part of the attraction is that reporters help to “get the truth out.”

Rushing will work in the newsroom under the direction of Spradlin, who started with the Journal in late September. Spradlin said like Moss, Rushing offers an essential skill set that should prove to work well for the newspaper and its readers.

“Lisa has a proven history of being able to juggle multiple tasks at the same time and work in a deadline-driven environment,” Spradlin said. “Those are traits important to a successful reporter.”

As a general assignment reporter, Rushing will report on a variety of issues that impact and involve the people of Richmond County. She is expected to write a healthy mix of hard news stories and feature articles.

The Daily Journal, published Tuesday through Saturday, is owned by Davidson-based Civitas Media. Civitas Media oversees more than 100 publications and employs more than 1,400 people in 11 states. The company’s 35 daily, 28 weekend and 63 weekly publications have a combined circulation of more than 1.6 million.