This month I celebrate my first full year at the Creston News Advertiser – unless you count my year as a part-timer while I was taking classes at Southwestern Community College.
To say time flew by would be an understatement, even though I can recall multiple meetings or late afternoons where time seemed to stand still.
There are so many people to thank for sticking with me through my indecisions, mood swings and growing pains after this past year in the working world.
The newspaper has gone through a lot of changes over the past year. Stephani Finely retired as the managing editor and was replaced by Kyle Wilson, allowing me to fill the role as associate editor.
We still catch ourselves throwing out some of Stephani’s infamous catch phrases, especially during this time of year while putting together our five-county fair tab.
I worked with Kyle since his return to the CNA and our friendship has grown along with our passion of putting together a quality newspaper. He has been instrumental in the front page redesign and adding new favorites like “Quick news” and “Throwback Thursday.”
He is constantly thinking ahead about other ways to make the newspaper something the community can rely on and be proud of. I think I spend a lot of time in the office, but there is rarely a time that Kyle isn’t right beside me working or we just missed each other.
Also, celebrating an anniversary this month is a man who hardly needs an introduction. Larry Peterson is starting his 29th year with the CNA.
Larry’s sports reporting is one of the first things that sparked my interest in journalism and his leadership during my time as an intern solidified my decision to study it as my major in college.
I’ve learned more through his instructions and by just watching him work than any textbook could have ever explained.
And I don’t mean just the technical aspect of writing a story, taking a photo and placing it on the page. All my mentors – Stephani, Kyle and Larry – trusted and encouraged me to do better, showed me where to push my limits and taught me what battles are worth digging my heels in and holding my ground.
I cherish emails from readers who enjoy a story because I know tomorrow there will probably be three calls or emails of a more negative viewpoint. Either way, if people are paying attention, it usually means I did my job right or misspelled their name.
I try to find outlets to keep myself from getting burned out. A good, hard run is my best remedy for most of my rough days.
And finally, I am looking forward to the next chapter of my time back home. It will help when my apartment construction is finished soon so it can start feeling more like home and I can stop spending so much time searching through boxes I can’t unpack yet.