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State of newspapers

I've been a little depressed of late. And I think for a very good reason.

After years of being a reporter, news editor and sports editor, I continue to read and hear reports about how bad the newspaper industry has become.

In some cases, those reports are true. But in other cases, I don't believe the situation is as bad as some have made out.

Maybe, it's because I'm such an optimistic person, even though I admit that I get down sometimes, too. After all, I'm human.

I'm a newspaperman - not just a reporter. I have given to this profession for many, many years because I love what I do. And as long as I'm in this fascinating field, I'll always be deeply dedicated and loyal to it - no matter how rough the storms might get down the road.

I feel this way because this is who I am. Recently, because of the economic woes that many of us have encountered and will suffer with pay cuts, furloughs and even layoffs in the newspaper industry, I'm still happy to say I'm a reporter.

It gives me pride and a great deal of satisfaction to produce and write news stories, human interest pieces and sports stories on people in the areas of McDuffie and Warren counties, as well as elsewhere, if the assignment calls for it.

I work ridiculous hours - day and night. It's because I'm dedicated and because I care about what it is that we as newspapermen and newspaperwomen do day-in and day-out at weekly and daily newspapers across this country.

We help make it possible for our readers to be able to read stories of importance when they walk outside and get their newspaper each morning, or in the case of The McDuffie Mirror, when it arrives each week.

I hope that newspapers will always be around.

I've recently had to come to grips with myself, however, that newspapers are changing everyday and that website news is now one of the biggest things going in any newsroom - with good reason, I might add.

For such news is quick and delivered with a sense of urgency. The readers get a chance to hear and see breaking news photographs right after some news story unfolds. That's impressive!

In the old days, we could never have done anything of that sort.

The most we could have ever done, if it warranted and it rarely did, was go to press with a special edition.

Since I've come onboard at The Mirror, I've been involved in a lot of breaking news stories on our website. Not only has it benefited our readers, but it has greatly added more credibility to our newspaper, in my opinion. It's a great service and we love being a part of it.

When I hear compliments about the reporting of news stories on our website from our readers, it actually inspires me a little more to give more of myself as a newspaperman.

Web posted on Thursday, April 02, 2009

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