NORTH CREEK One of the News Enterprises most productive contributors is about to take a larger role in shaping the future of the newspaper. Denton Publications managing editor John Gereau has hired Brett Hagadorn as editor of the News Enterprise. Hagadorn has previously worked as a freelance writer for the publication. Brett is a solid reporter with strong local ties. He has been a valued member of our team since coming on as a freelance writer and I see our paper only getting better under his leadership. Please do not hesitate to contact him with article ideas, news of interest or other feedback, said Gereau. Hagadorn said his goal as editor is to create a publication of which readers could be proud and feel ownership. I'd like the paper to be a true reflection of the communities it serves, while helping to establish a sense of community among its readership. I believe the paper has an amazing amount of potential, and can easily gain in size and scope. I'd also like to see it become the voice of the various communities, and serve as the basis for how we choose to represent ourselves, said Hagadorn. Throughout 2008, Hagadorn plans on focusing on issues of community identity, and the ways world issues impact the region. This builds on the identity focus a bit - as we define and understand our local community, we then begin to understand our place in the larger global community, said Hagadorn. Hagadorn has more than 10 years experience as a newspaper freelancer, and has written for national trade magazines. As a writer, he had his start with the Glens Falls and Saratoga business journals. Working for the publications helped him gain an understanding of the fundamentals of covering a subject. Having an editorial position is something that I've always wanted to do as it allows me the ability to direct coverage and explore areas/issues that I feel are important to the readers. It was the next logical step to my career, and one that I'm enjoying immensely, said Hagadorn. The News Enterprise is one of 10 Denton Publications. The newspaper serves readers in Bakers Mills, Blue Mountain Lake, Indian Lake, Johnsburg, Long Lake, Minerva, Newcomb, North Creek, North River, Olmstedville, Riparius, Sabael and Wevertown. My immediate hope is that people will soon see the paper return to its local roots, and fulfill the needs of the various communities. We are incredibly fortunate to have a newspaper that is owned/operated within our region, and one that's willing to make this kind of commitment to the area, he said. Hagadorn is also employed as an operations manager of Creative Stage Lighting in North Creek, where hes worked for almost 11 years. He is a Chestertown native, and resides in North Creek with his wife, Laura. Hagadorn said hes looking forward to his expanded role with the News Enterprise. I'd also like to encourage community members to give me feedback on how they see the paper developing, said Hagadorn. Hagadorn can be contacted by phone at 873-6368 ext 118 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The editorial deadline for the News Enterprise is 5 p.m. Tuesday.