Good morning, Henderson.
Welcome to Kent’s Korner, my little space to chew the fat with the readers.
It has been just over one week since I began my duties here at The Henderson News, and I am feeling quite at home. Everyone has been so warm and welcoming.
I want to touch on a couple of things paper-wise before I get too far into my job. It’s not going to be anything major or big sweeping changes. You can relax.
As I said in the announcement last week, there are some commonalities between towns like Henderson and what they expect from its newspaper. I have a general saying that everyone deserves his or her 15 inches of fame. (yeah, I stole that.)
That being said, I want to still cover the government news just like always. I want to cover the education news and maybe over time broaden that out a bit.
I heard that local sports have been hit and miss lately. As space and my schedule allow, I will be helping out in that aspect.
I have been a ‘utility infielder’ of sorts in this industry. I do a lot of things well. I don’t set the world on fire, but I’m steady.
I want to address something that seems to follow me or is present when I come to a new town.
It goes something like this: “I saw Mr. Mahoney the other day and he said for me to bring this picture to the office and it would run in the next paper.”
Two parts of this scenario are correct, and one of them is not.
I probably did bump into someone who wanted an item in the paper and I more than likely told him or her to drop it off at the office. However, I’m pretty sure I didn’t promise them space and a specific issue that said item would run.
The newspaper business is about as fluid as any out there today.
The advertising agents can hit a hot streak and we go from one expected size to the next in a matter hours. So, until they close out their activity, I’m not sure from one minute to the next about size or space until it happens. I’m sure most of you knew that already.
So my general rule of thumb is items run as per space is available and in the order in which we receive them. I check the email about four or five times a day. When I make story out of an email, it time stamps it so I know when I received it.
The second item I want to discuss is that we run a tight schedule around here and scheduling is extremely important.
I tend to be a little on the forward or blunt side, so please don’t take this the wrong way. But the staff and I are not sitting around waiting for someone to call up at 10 a.m. and ask for a photographer to come shoot an event at noon. I’m sorry, but it doesn’t work that way. And I’m really not trying to be rude about it, but we have meetings and other events that are already on the calendar.
In years past, and in different towns of similar size, I have attended as many as four or five events from 8 a.m. to 9 or 10 p.m. and posting galleries in between.
Don’t get me wrong, I ‘love’ my job and I’m happy to attend as many events as possible. I would like at least three or four day’s notice, and a week would be awesome. And it is on a first come, first served basis.
I’d like to close with a little personal background.
I was raised in Missouri.
I bleed black and gold in college football and basketball.
I bleed Royal blue in professional baseball.
I bleed KC Chief’s red and yellow for pro football.
I don’t much follow pro basketball or hockey.
In closing, I don’t remember where I picked up this last bit, but I’ve used as a closing for years now. It goes something like:
That’s all I’ve got for now, Henderson.
See you on the funny pages.
Kent Mahoney is the managing editor of The Henderson News. His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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