"Our managing editor is Daniel Reck," announced Jamboree Today publisher Stephen Shore in an e-mail to the news service's staff, who will cover the 2013 National Scout Jamboree this summer. Reck is Director of Digital Media and Photography for the Northwestern University Bands and is an alumnus of the band program.
"Daniel has worked on Jamboree Today at past jamborees," says Shore, and he will use his Northwestern experience to lead a team of more than 30 professional journalists and student reporters, photographers and editors. Together, they will help Scouts, leaders and families learn about the latest developments of this summer's national event, which will be the first hosted at the newly-constructed Summit Bechtel Reserve in Mt. Hope, W.Va.
"There isn't a commercial press that can turn out 50,000 issues a day within any reasonable distance of the Summit," says Reck. Situated on the New River with 10,600 acres of nearly pristine wilderness, the Summit will host whitewater rafting, climbing, a variety of shooting sports and BMX and trail biking. The site's remoteness presents some logistical challenges for a news service that has printed on paper since 1937.
"So for the first time Jamboree Today will be presented entirely in digital format," Reck says.
"Our audience has truly grown," says Shore. "Before, we spoke mostly to the Scouts and Scoutmasters on site at the jamboree. Now, we are speaking to the world."
Reck takes over the managing editor's desk from David White, who is editor of the The Quantico Sentry, the U.S. Marine Corps' oldest newspaper. "I can't say enough about David's leadership," Reck says. "I am honored to follow in his footsteps."
Previously at Jamboree Today, Reck corresponded from the 22nd World Scout Jamboree hosted last summer by Sweden. His promotion comes after previously serving as the service's international editor, social media editor, and as a copy editor. Reck joined the bands' staff in 2007 to lead digital communication efforts. He was promoted in 2011 when he assumed responsiblity for athletic bands photography.
The 2013 National Scout Jamboree is scheduled for July 19-24 this summer and will host approximately 36,000 Scouts, Venturers, leaders and staff members from around the United States. Several hundred Scouts from around the world will also attend.
Reck, a 25-year veteran of the Boy Scouts of America, was recruited in 2010 to join the Jamboree Today staff based on his time advising a student publication at Monmouth College and his work with the Northwestern University band programs. He played clarinet and alto saxophone in the Northwestern Bands while he earned his Master of Science in Education and Social Policy degree at Northwestern. He was graduated from the School of Education and Social Policy in 2008. Reck will continue his work with the bands.
"Daniel brings a ton of experience with both Jamboree Today and publishing with him," says Shore.