The Future

I have news, dear reader. Tomorrow will be the last day of the Scratch Pad blog and my last day at Marketplace.

The grant paying for my position is running out, and it won't be renewed. Such are the times. But while the blog as you've known it is going away, Marketplace's commitment to a dynamic, thought-provoking website is not.

I'd like to introduce our new web producer, Matt Berger. Matt has some great ideas for improving Marketplace.org, and he'd like to hear yours as well. Matt writes:

As we bid farewell to the Scratch Pad blog we're excited about what's to come for Marketplace.org. Over the next few weeks and months you will notice a number of changes and additions to the site, including more contributors, new types of multimedia features, and updates to our homepage and site design.

To make this possible, we're investing in new staff and new technology that will allow us to expand our depth and breadth of coverage and provide new ways for our community of listeners to access the editors and reporters who contribute to Marketplace day in and day out.

Some things won't change, however. We'll continue to deliver our regular radio programming, as well as daily reports on business news that matters, and special online features like our popular video series The Whiteboard with Senior Editor Paddy Hirsh, which continues to attract new fans who appreciate Paddy's smart and approachable explanations of complex business subjects.

Before we get too far, we'd love to hear your feedback. How do you think we can we improve Marketplace.org? Post your comments and ideas below...

Please do. As for me, I'll be off to new and exciting adventures. Contact me on Facebook if you'd like to stay in touch.

Apologies for the short notice, but Matt just came on board this week, and we weren't sure exactly how and when we would be making this transition.

I'll write another post tomorrow wrapping things up, but I won't be able to say enough how much I've appreciated your participation in this blog. By adding your diverse knowledge and perspectives, you've greatly enhanced the discussion on our website, and I hope you'll continue to do so going forward.

Many thanks.

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I too thought the quote from the new web guru was oddly timed. I hope there's better attention paid to his new staff than his outgoing staff. I'll be sorry to see the blog leave.

Scott, I love this blog and will miss it. You have a skill for explaining a complex subject so everyone can understand. Thank you.

Good luck and I look forward to seeing your name pop up again somewhere. Your talent is needed by so many publications.

BTW, today is my last day at my job. I'm quitting to start my own business. Hopefully I will be a success story worthy of Marketplace.


Best of luck to you. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your musings everyday. Hope to see you writing somewhere else in the future.


“…we’re investing in new staff and new technology…” Why not invest in Scott?

Well said!!! I still miss waking up to your voice in the morning.

Best of luck Scott

"...we’re investing in new staff and new technology..." Why not invest in Scott?

Scott-Making finance and the economy understandable is one quality that compelled me to make time for Marketplace. The other quality was humor-drawing me in then sneaking in some timely information.

Thank you and the Best to you and your family.

Matt Berger is a fantastic addition to the marketplace team - speaking as a former co-worker, I can vouch for the fact that we'll be seeing great things in the future.

The Sratch Pad was the perfect way to start my morning off with some intelligent and unusual economic news.

I will miss both the blog and Scott's smile.

Aww, Scott. I loved your blog. I'm going to miss you. I hate change - but I'm off to facebook!

Oh come on....
This has April Fools written all over it...

Great blog, Scott. I've thoroughly enjoyed it.


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