On Wednesday, I had the opportunity to chat with about 10 or so Tongue River Middle School students about life in the newspaper business.
Their teacher, Jaydine Rendall, asked me to come give a broad overview of the business to the students who had signed up for an elective journalism class at the school.
Rendall’s students prepared a slew of questions for me. We covered topics including newspaper revenue models, how to decide what to write about, how long articles take to write and much, much more.
We talked for about an hour. Rarely did I have to fill the time or spaces in conversation. The questions just kept coming. It was great to see such curious students. Curiosity, after all, is one of the most imperative traits for a journalist to possess.
One student asked me what I enjoyed most about being publisher. “Most” implies the best thing about the job, but I have to admit, I gave more than one response.
I love knowing what’s going on in my community and having the opportunity to share it.
I love giving our readers the information they need to be informed, active citizens who engage with community projects and issues.
And, mostly, I love that no day looks the same. Each day includes different projects, to-do lists and tasks. As a reporter I had the opportunity to meet people like Wyoming’s U.S. congressional delegation, Wyoming’s governors, Barack Obama (when he was a senator in Illinois) and, when I was in high school, LeBron James. He and I went to high school near each other and our high school newspaper wrote a story on him back in the day. I’m sure my adventures of meeting interesting people have just begun.
On Wednesday, I also had the chance to interact with community members on a topic near and dear to their hearts — sports. The Press hosted its inaugural tailgate party to help kick off the fall sports season. Ridley’s Family Markets donated hamburgers, hot dogs, buns, chips and water for the event. It wouldn’t have been possible without the store’s generosity. Be sure to thank them!
At the event, we launched our brand new Football Capital (that’s Sheridan County) magazine, which includes several articles about local football teams and what to expect from the athletes this season.
We also handed out copies of our fall sports preview, which includes features and schedules for the sports rounding out the fall schedule — swimming, cross-country, soccer, volleyball, golf and tennis.
If you made it out to the tailgate — Thank you! If you didn’t, keep an eye out for copies of the magazine or stop by The Sheridan Press office to pick up your copy. It’s high school sports season in Sheridan County!