I never thought I would be writing for newspaper for a living.
Not that I’m saying that’s a bad thing, of course. I guess what I’m saying is that the unique experiences working for a newspaper has granted me I never thought would happen to me. Talking to former World War II POWs, people who have lived a century and a man who restored a piece of local history to live in are all privileges I’ve had while working for The Ledger Independent.
I’m a native Kentuckian; born in Maysville, and raised in Fleming County. I graduated from Fleming County High School in 2014, and then from Morehead State University in 2017 with a bachelors degree in convergent media.
I know what you may be thinking, ‘what’s convergent media?’ To that I say, pretty much anything involving the media from video production, audio production, radio, TV and, yes, journalism.
My focus while in college was more towards video production, shooting footage and editing with the occasional script writing to make something entertaining.
I was a segment producer for a TV show at MSU, which meant I had to come up with a segment idea — usually a goofy skit, write a script, find actors, shoot the segment and then edit it. This cycle would go on about every other week.
Imagine my surprise when the first job I received with my degree turned out to be print journalism. I can just imagine one of my old professors rolling over in his nonexistent grave.
As I’ve said before, however, this job at The Ledger Independent has been an interesting one. Sure, not every day is exciting, rarely any job ever is, but the days where I meet interesting people and see interesting things that make the dull days seem worth it.
I mean after all, it isn’t every day you see the Mayor of Maysville wearing lederhosen and playing a trumbone.
As of right now, I currently cover Lewis County and Brown County, with Brown being a recent change to my coverage. I look forward to working with our neighbors across the river and finding stories.
On top of stories, I also transcribe the Comment Line. Yes, I listen to all of the political comments and remarks about the goings on in the paper’s coverage area. All I have to say is let’s all be kind, we are all fellow human beings.
This job is my first full-time job, believe it or not. Before, I had worked at a grocery store in Fleming County for about four years, then worked in Maysville for a couple of months selling guns, both part time.
Let me tell you, selling firearms was certainly a unique experience in its own right.
All in all, I’m learning this newspaper gig as I go, and I greatly appreciate everyone who has helped me along in getting me where I need to be in reporting the news.