As a general reporter for a small town newspaper, I have covered government, business, and social events in three local communities. To accomplish this, I developed critical contacts with mayors, sheriffs, ministers and the local "movers and shakers". In a typical day, I might start with donuts and a morning debriefing with the county detectives at the local coffee shop followed by an interview with the school superintendent about disgruntled parents. In the afternoon, I might meet the oldest female voter in the county for a human interest story on her life. My evening was usually spent at a city council or school board meeting. Twice a week I returned to the news office to "put the paper to bed", that is, prepping it for the printer, a task that often lasted into the wee hours of the next morning.
I loved this work and look forward to the chance to do it again, but this time, just for you.