Earlier this month marked my first full year at the Louisiana Press-Journal and in Pike County.
What a long strange trip it’s been.
If I was a pitcher in baseball this would be my second trip through the lineup.
The first year of any job is all about if you sink or swim.
I may not be Michael Phelps or Katie Ledecky but at least I’m not made out of rocks.
The community has been embracive and helpful – I cannot thank everyone enough for welcoming this outsider, especially one that is trusted to provide the community news to you.
There have been some hiccups so far.
The one example that I will point out until I retire is a day in early September when my computer crashed an hour before deadline with cutlines and two stories still to write.
They don’t teach you how to overcome that in school.
The job runs a bit more fluidly now but there’s always room to improve.
This year that means being more involved in each school at every level and not just focusing on the high schools in the area.
I encourage people to stop me on the street to voice ideas, concerns, criticisms or topics they want to see covered.
I won’t be able to touch all the bases but know that I’m listening and will make an attempt.
I try to be at every event but I’m just one person.
We’re always open to photos, releases and letters to be submitted.
We are a community newspaper.
I want the community to feel that they are properly represented.
Being a weekly publication in the social media age is a challenge.
Sometimes the news can feel dated.
But we at the Press-Journal want to continue to provide Pike County with factual information to help citizens learn more about their towns and neighbors.
That’s what I hope to achieve in my second year.
Thanks for reading.