Without fail, when people ask what I do there are two basic reactions to my answer.
The first, and most popular, is the inevitable: So, how much longer do you think the paper will last?
My response is always something like, “(Ha ha) I know, the newspaper is struggling, but here’s what’s doing well …”
The second, and most annoying, is a complaint about anything and everything happening in the community, the nation or the world — because my journalism connections can do anything – yeah right.
I enjoy what I do for the most part. I like knowing when some issue goes to print it will likely lead to something.
For example, I wrote a story about a family living off a dirt road. Whenever there was a hard rain the family was stuck because the road flooded.
The next day, I was at a commission meeting and the story was brought up and a motion was approved to start fixing the roads.
I helped make that happen.
But, I do not have the ability to change taxes, get someone out of jail for beating someone up or stop the oil companies from releasing people from their services.