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Molly, my hero

Lindell Kay | reporting demystified | Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

OK. I don’t think we are supposed to be talking about internal operations, so if this post is gone, you will know why…

Molly DeWitt won an argument with me the other day. It was an argument I was proud to have and happy to lose. You see, we were arguing over who would get to write a certain article.

Anyway, I am not going to mention the article out of respect for those involved in what happened and I don’t want to lessen their tragedy by deluding it with behind-the-scenes newspaper stuff.

But the other day information came in that the newsroom had been waiting on for several days. Molly and I had a minor tussle over who would write the story.

In times past, with employees long gone, I would have had an argument over who would write a story too. Only those arguments were with other reporters who did NOT want to write a story.

I am proud to say Molly was adamant about writing this story. And she won.

In April I will have been at The Daily News for two years. The newspaper has changed a lot in that time: A new managing editor, a new city editor, new copy editors, new reporters, etc.

Sometime around November 2007, the newsroom was down to one full time reporter – yep, me.

There were times when I felt I had to have my hands in everything. And sometimes I did.

But that has all changed. I¬†am entirely confident in the news staff we have now. It is smaller¬†due to industry¬†cutbacks¬†(wasn’t supposed to say that), but we are learning to do less with more (Timmi’s favorite slogan (just kidding, boss)).

The reporters we have now are doing an awesome job and are¬†capable of handling any situation as they have been proving lately. This isn’t one of those pat-my-coworkers-on-the-back-for-their-sake kind of deals¬†either. Off the Cuff is my sandbox and I could just ignore them (as I have in the past,¬†because I’m a jerk).

But they are doing an really good job. Everyone at the newspaper has taken on more challenging roles as the industry finds itself. I would run down each one of them, but I am afraid I would forget someone and that would be a shame because each of them help create a good product 365 days a year.

There are some design changes coming up in the next year or so that will really set The Daily News apart in Eastern North Carolina and I think the readers will be surprised.

We have some extremely talented¬†people working here¬†and I am going to have to step up my game so as not to be eclipsed…

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  1. All print medai outlets are facing cutbacks, if not in personnel, in print media. With the rise in online media, and the amount of money a media company can save by offering its material online, its almost running newspapers into extinction. Several of the magazines I subscribe to are starting to offer online subscriptions instead of mailings. I dont think paper media will ever go completely extinct, but they will definately see further cutbacks in printing.

    Comment by transplant — January 14, 2009 @ 8:19 am

  2. Lindell-

    I appreciated you letting me win that tug-of-war and I appreciate all the tidbits of info you have passed on to me that have helped me learn this business a little bit better. You’re the man.

    Comment by Molly — January 14, 2009 @ 11:11 am

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