In those 30 years – the past 17 on the high school beat – I’ve written thousands of stories. The number isn’t important, but the stories I’ll remember are the ones that have inspired not just myself but many readers who have given me feedback afterward.
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When someone has his fingers in your mouth, you have no choice but to listen.
Penning this personal piece is a bit awkward, as I am a news reporter. Never before have I felt as compelled to defend my profession. But we just had the biggest layoff I can remember in my career. It’s happening at papers nationwide. If not now, when?
I suppose I still could have ended up here, with a soul stained in ink. I loved to write. I was raised playing and watching sports. The two could have eventually stumbled into each other at a party.
Figuring out how things work. Writing about those things in a way that can entertain or infuriate or inspire. That ain’t nuclear physics. That, to me, is newspaper journalism.
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Print advertising revenue is falling. Paper costs are rising. People are changing how they read, what they read and whom they believe. The hits just seem to keep coming. Yet I’m here to tell you that your World-Herald is still standing. We’re not on our backs. Our gloves are on. We’re in the fight, and we need you ringside.