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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Saturn Valley: Farewell Hannibal

  • It’s been almost a year, but Friday marks the end of my time as sports editor.



    I am stepping down from my position and moving to the design section of the newsroom in order to get ready for a move to Rockford, Ill.


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  • It’s been almost a year, but Friday marks the end of my time as sports editor.
    I am stepping down from my position and moving to the design section of the newsroom in order to get ready for a move to Rockford, Ill.
    The first article I wrote for the Courier-Post was on June 2 of 2011. I was not yet hired and was in negotiations to join the paper. I was living in Springfield, Ill., at the time and was asked out of the blue if I would be interested in coming down and snapping some photographs for the Hannibal Cavemen opener at Clemens Field.
    Snapping some photos turned into writing an article, which turned into me getting a job offer the next day.
    I sat at home playing a video game, Valkyria Chronicles for the Playstation 3, when I got the call. In 10 days,
    I took everything I owned and moved down to Hannibal. I was to start my first real world journalism job. I was nervous, but I was ready.
    In my year here I have experienced a lot of things, both good and bad. I have received letters of complaints and I have also received compliments from folks. I took both and tried to become a better writer.
    I think I have, who can say for sure since writing is such a subjective issue, but I can tell you I tried my hardest.
    That is why I love this industry so much. There was not a night where I would submit a section that I would not go home and worry about it. What more could I have done? Did I say something to offend somebody?
    Did I get everything right? Honestly, I probably worry too much, but if I didn’t worry I think that would mean I didn’t care.
    I have learned a lot in my limited time here. I still have a lot to learn, I am only 24 afterall, and I feel like the coaches, teachers and students of Hannibal have helped shape me into a better journalist than I was when I got here.
    I’ll still be in Hannibal for a while. I’m not leaving the paper until September, but I will be behind the scenes in a non-writing role.
    Will I miss it? Yes. Ever since I was in eighth grade I knew I wanted to be a writer in some degree. I wrote poetry, I wrote video game reviews for websites and I wrote horrible, horrible short stories that may have taken a bit of inspiration from popular literature. It didn’t matter what I did as long as I was a writer.
    It was truly an honor to have a profession where writing was in the job description. I’ll still write, but no longer as a career, which is a bit sad but who knows what the future holds?
    Page 2 of 2 - I just want to say thank you. Hello and...goodbye!

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