This fits to a T.
Longtime local journalist T. Scott Boatright has become the publisher and managing editor of the Lincoln Parish Journal.
Boatright, 57, brings deep family ties and more than 35 years experience in our community serving the parish through local media outlets as well as both Louisiana Tech and Grambling State universities.
“I am thrilled about this innovative opportunity to continue serving the people of Lincoln Parish, where my family roots are based and I’ve made my home for more than three decades,” Boatright said. “And to be able to do so through a new and exciting format is gratifying beyond belief. I look forward to providing Lincoln Parish residents with the news and information they need, when they need it, on real-time platforms, free of charge.
“The Lincoln Parish Journal is an extremely logical progression for local news and sports content. It’s a smart concept. As publication and production expenses have badly eroded conventional, once-timely print and broadcast coverage that our parish counted upon for decades, this format provides the ‘get it now’ aspect, cost-free to the consumer, convenient by using a cell phone, receiving an e-mail, and accessing social media. It’s the antidote to corporate retreat from news and sports reporting in local communities,” he said, “and we will provide coverage that hasn’t been possible before to bring live events and breaking news to our audience.”
Boatright earned his masters and bachelors degrees at Louisiana Tech. He previously served as editor in chief, sports editor, layout and page designer and photographer for the Ruston Daily Leader after working as an athletics media relations director at both Tech (as an assistant) and Grambling State.
“There is so much history in Lincoln Parish, and I love the part all of that plays in my role of reporting the news here,” Boatright said. “My parents grew up here. My father is on a picture displayed in the Chick Childress Field house at Ruston High School. I long ago created my personal haven in the piney, red-dirt hills we live in here and because of that I look forward to making the Lincoln Parish Journal the leading source of news and information for parish residents, accessible at no cost from anywhere at any time.”
He has won numerous awards from the Louisiana Press Association, Louisiana/Mississippi AP Managing Editors Association and the Louisiana Sports Writers Association. Boatright has been honored in categories including Best News Story, Best Sports Story, Spot News Story, Spot Sports Story, Feature Story, Sports Feature Story, Continuing Coverage, Editorial Writing, Personal Column Writing, Sports Column Writing, Headline Writing, General News Photography, Multipicture Photo Package and Layout and Design.
His biggest year came in 2014 when he earned a combined 15 awards from media organizations, including nine first-place, two second-place and four third-place honors.
“I’m doing what I love in a place I love, and you can’t ask for anything more than that,” Boatright said. “That is what makes it easy to strive to serve the people of Lincoln Parish to my best abilities.”
Boatright, widely known as “Boat,” is married to Karen Rose Boatright, a native of Ruston, where the couple has raised two daughters.
Photo: Lincoln Parish Journal