New staffer to focus on Belding, multimedia

By Ryan Jeltema • Last Updated 11:31 pm on Friday, January 06, 2012

Cory Smith

Greenville native Cory Smith is coming home as the newest reporter at The Daily News.

He will focus on writing stories about the Belding area and be responsible for producing videos and other multimedia content for

“Online readers have probably already noticed the expertise Cory brings to our multimedia productions,” Managing Editor Darrin Clark said. “We’re thrilled to have someone with his unique skills as part of our staff.”

Smith is taking over for Jessica Dudenhofer, who resigned recently so she can become a stay-at-mom to her daughter. Smith has been filling in for the past three months during her maternity leave.

Dudenhofer will remain involved at The Daily News and Carson City Gazette as a part-time stringer, covering news primarily in the Carson City-Crystal area.

Smith, a 2004 Greenville High School graduate, was born and raised on Lincoln Lake Road in Oakfield Township just outside Greenville.

“Aside from living in the occasional dorm room and apartment while attending college, Greenville has always been my home,” he said.

Smith took a strong interest in journalism during his junior year at Michigan State University. He wanted to make journalism his third major area of study, but couldn’t make his course schedule work.

“So for one summer I drove three times a week from Greenville to East Lansing to take a basic journalism class for 10 weeks,” Smith said. “It was at that point that I knew I wanted to pursue a career in journalism, as I loved every minute of the long commute waiting for class to start.”

He spent much of the summer in 2007 as an intern at The Daily News.

“I was thrown to the wolves immediately in my second night on the job, but from that moment on I learned to appreciate the rush of print journalism,” Smith said. “I learned things about deadlines and styles of writing that I could never have learned in a classroom setting.”

He graduated from Michigan State in 2009 after working as a videographer for the Lansing State Journal during his final semester. The publication offered Smith a part-time multimedia position, which he kept for a year and a half before moving back to Greenville.

Back at his hometown newspaper, Smith is looking forward most to writing more.

“I’ve spent a lot of time over the past few years working with video and photography, but haven’t had the opportunity to write on a regular basis,” he said. “I’m eager to keep my pen and notepad at work, providing as much news and as many stories as I can for our readers.”

But Smith also plans to expand multimedia efforts for The Daily News. Readers and viewers already have enjoyed his photography skills and a variety of videos at, including the 20-minute tribute to Black Field, a time-lapse depiction of last summer’s Danish Festival and interviews with police following the recent spate of violent crimes.

“I’m looking forward to bringing a presence of video and multimedia that will rival any other area news organization, including the larger Grand Rapids media outlets,” Smith said. “In this growing digital age, the addition of video, photo galleries and audio clips add an angle to a story that just can’t be provided by a written story alone.”

Outside of work, Smith is an accomplished musician. He played in trumpet in Greenville’s band beginning in sixth grade and all four years at Michigan State, the highlight of which was performing a solo in front of 70,000 people gathered at Spartan Stadium for the homecoming football game against Northwestern.

“Music has always been a passion of mine and from the first day I started six grade at Greenville Middle School I have enjoyed playing the trumpet,” Smith said. “I’m hoping, in my free time, to perhaps join the Flat River Big Band or Danish Band and continue playing when I can.”

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