One of the greatest pleasures of editing is working with capable colleagues who do high-quality work, and who share a sense that journalism is a calling.
Part of my job involves overseeing a team of four reporters. Done right, reporting is demanding and difficult. A reporter’s life is filled with a ceaseless barrage of facts to grasp and contexts to understand, sources who want to use you, sources who don’t trust you and editors who wanted that story yesterday.
Many reporters leave the field. There are always public relations jobs beckoning that pay better and take a smaller toll on family life. Many of us have been approached, and some have accepted.
The reporters I edit have stayed the course: business reporters Audrey Dutton and Zach Kyle, education reporter Bill Roberts, courts reporter John Sowell. None has less than seven years of reporting experience, and together they have more than a half century’s worth. They are smart, creative, skillful, caring and conscientious. And like me, they love journalism.
They, and their fellow reporters, photographers/videographers, artists, news assistants, tech specialists, copy editors and supervising editors around the Statesman’s newsroom, are exceptional people. I am lucky to work with them. And you? You may not know them, but you’re lucky to have them, too. Thanks to all of you who support their work.