Milking cows, snapping brown snakes: Life as a country reporter
WHAT a year it has been in my first year as editor of the Express Examiner.
While I was 'snapping' my stories, unbeknownst to me, others were taking shots of me and I've included them here to show you the "glamorous life of a country reporter”.
I've milked my first cow and have met mayors, students, nurses, farmers, firefighters, surf lifesavers, shopkeepers, factory workers, managers, volunteers and the odd snake handler.
Each week I receive calls about mistakes in the paper or an article someone didn't like.
I get calls thanking me for a story or photo too. I like the feedback.
This is your paper and while you may not always agree with its content, I do my best to serve you as a reporter in your community.
What has stood out in the last year is your friendliness. New to the patch, people have been helpful in person and on Facebook.
I can't thank you enough. I have thoroughly enjoyed finding, writing and bringing you stories.
My first week was the funeral of Elle Underhill and I saw how much Casino cared by the number of people at the church.
Earlier in the year I did a tour of the RREE patch to Tabulam, Woodenbong, Wiangaree and Evans Head and all the places in between. There were many I missed and I intend to do another tour this year.
Thank you to contributors such as history buff, John Handley, Joyce Marsh from Woodenbong and Fay Fardon from Kyogle plus all the sports contributors. Bring on 2017.