Middle of the stream or not, it’s time to change horses
Lately, I’ve been thinking of a song by Dan Fogelberg (now I’m dating myself!). One part of it goes, “Changing horses in the middle of a stream/ Makes you wet and sometimes cold.” I’m changing horses as far as my writing life goes. Starting this week, I’m switching from my job as a daily newspaper reporter at this paper to become the editor of The Citizen Telegram – Rifle’s weekly newspaper. Both papers are owned by Swift Publishing, so my move is not as drastic as it would have been had I accepted a job with an entirely different company. I’ll still write my weekly column here with observations both silly and serious, and I’ll be writing plenty of news stories, too, for both the Post Independent and the Telegram. Still, like any one of us who experiences change, my move involves getting wet and a little cold. I’ve gotten pretty comfortable in my role as a daily reporter at the Post Independent. For the past two and a half years, I’ve made the drive from our place just outside Rifle to the PI’s Grand Avenue headquarters. I’ve developed good and true friendships in the newsroom and throughout the PI’s newspaper building. I’ve gotten to know the people who fill my beats – that is, the subject areas I cover: health and hospitals, Garfield County government, education, agriculture and ranching, as well as a lot of amazing neighbors with stories to tell. I’ve also had the honor to write about locals who have died and left legacies big and small, and all meaningful. I have to say for me, I don’t think it’s possible becoming completely comfortable being a daily newspaper reporter. The pressure of deadlines, the constant search for the truth, to say nothing of keeping a reporter’s unrelenting objectivity firmly in place make it pretty hard to kick back. But even within the pressure and the pace, I’ve gotten a routine down. And that’s why, as I just told a colleague, I think now is a good time for me to make a change. I’ll never begin to understand all the complexities that go into running a county government or a school district. However, lately, I’ve been beginning to feel the need for a different challenge in my writing, a goal I can strive for in my ongoing desire to communicate, and to tell stories as truthfully and as honestly as I can.Being the editor of the Telegram is that challenge now. Every community – whether it’s New York City or Rifle – has a rich, vast wealth of stories to be told. The challenge is to discover those stories and to connect people who are affected by them by providing a way – a newspaper, in this case – that can hold them together as a community. I strive to provide at least part of that link. I’ll miss that daily run to Glenwood, but it’s time to change horses. And even if I get a little wet and cold in the process – you know, that bit of uncertainty that happens at the beginning of every adventure – changing horses is going to be worth the ride. You can reach Carrie Click at The Citizen Telegram in Rifle at 625-5088, ext. 101, email@example.com.
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