Right at the beginning of the year, our long-time news editor at The Odessan, Bud Jones, passed away due to complications from open heart surgery.
I had been filling in for Bud as interim news editor while he was out for his surgeries. So, I’ve just kept going.
I won’t pretend the transition between reporter-as-needed to writing most of the news content for the paper was easy. I’ve picked up several new meetings a month. I’ve written content for two special sections already, and have spent the week scheduling interviews for our election special section at the end of this month. I’ve kept most of my old meetings, too.
But, hey, I have a salary now. So that’s pretty cool. And we’ve been putting out some great things, like this story about the Farm Bill, featuring an interview with 5th District Representative Emmanuel Cleaver.
Last week’s issue turned out particularly great. Again, we don’t typically put any pages online, but here are some PDFs of stories I worked on for that issue.
- Front page stories of both Odessa and Wellington-Napoleon Boards of Education. (Jumps)
- A feature on a local drug addiction rehabilitation shelter’s struggle to stay after the church it’s housed in closed. (Jump) (Isn’t that picture I took of Ruby Evans adorable?)
- A feature on the Odessa FFA President, who is an impressive ag education advocate.
There are several more stories I could link, but I think this is more than enough to show I’m proud of what I’m doing right now.
And, no, I don’t know if this means I’m staying here. I’m still definitely up for hearing any offers to go elsewhere! But being home isn’t the worst thing in the world.