Since writing my last column I have come to a realization. Even running a smalltown newspaper is harder
than it seems.
I previously mentioned that I wanted to have my own
publication of some sort one day, but since working at
the Pilot I have realized that if I want to reach my goal,
I will need to start working now.
There is so much work that goes on behind the
scenes that one would not know about unless they
were an employee of the Herscher Pilot. I’m sure many
people think it is easier than it is.
Stories do not write themselves. Headlines and cutlines also do not write themselves.
It also takes an eye for design. What I mean by eye
for design is that you have to know if that picture looks
good... in that spot... with that headline… next to that
Another thing that makes my dream seem far out of
reach is that at this point I only have my experiences
from high school publications and what I have learned
so far working for the Pilot.
There is so much more to learn, like how to write a
better story and take better photos.
When looking at my dream I have to think about how
times will be when or if I make it that far. Like will we
even still be printing newspapers or will everything
be electronic? What crowd will I be writing for? Are
people even going to read it? It is hard to think about
now because who knows what the future holds.
Being a Pilot employee really puts things into perspective. You may think my realizations have scared me
away from this goal, but really it has made me want it
even more. I want to work and learn as much as I can so
that when I do have the chance to have my own paper
or magazine, it will be that best that it can be.