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By Nick Schrager
I hate to say it, but it's time to go... it was a blast while it lasted.
When I got onboard with this fine team, I never expected that I would watch a community build a home, or watch a fire take someone's away. I never thought I would have the chance to interview Sen. Higdon or the fine people of the fair board. During my time here, I have had the chance to report on upcoming businesses, members of the community who trained for the Warrior Dash, and explore the health concerns associated with soft drinks. I have gotten to photograph basketball camps and kids college classes. I feel honored for the trust, respect, and encouragement the staff of The Lebanon Enterprise has given me.
One of the hardest things about my time here was communicating my thoughts. In regular news and feature stories, my thoughts about the subject are irrelevant. In those cases my job is to communicate the facts, nothing more. When I first met Stevie, we discussed the idea of them giving me a column. I was very reluctant, I had never written a column and the idea was foreign to me. The welcome letter I wrote on my first week was a difficult process, but each one after had progressively gotten easier. Stevie Lowery challenged me in this respect, but I cannot let that be the only thing I have taken away from all of this.
My time here has been an experience that I will not forget. It has taught me to think more critically as I operate, both on the business end of interviewing and in the writing stages. I feel like I have become a stronger writer and I have learned that the job does not stop after a picture is taken, or a story is written. One must think critically when packaging each story or photo, from revisions to captions.
I want to thank Stephen Lega for taking me with him to photograph people and disasters, as well as giving me his opinions on questions to ask while reporting. I want to thank Stevie for her critical advice on my writing and for giving me the trust that is so vital in this business. She has also answered the many questions I have asked about the business - writing for a school publication and writing for a community newspaper are two very different things, both in content and in style.
I want to thank the team of people on the Enterprise for showing me how the business runs day to day. They may not know it, but I would listen to the goings-on of the paper as I walked by. I was not trying to be a snoop, but a mere passive learner. The amount of effort from everyone on this team is immense. You would not believe the amount of dedication required to make this publication what it is. I would also like to thank the people who were gracious enough to allow me to interview them. One of the most frustrating parts of this job in my opinion is not being able to get a hold of people, but thankfully, this was not a problem.
To sum it up, I am going to miss being on the staff here. They have made me feel welcome, and I hope I have served them well. I have one year left in school and hope maybe in the near future that I can come back. While I have learned a lot, I feel like there is room to grow, and I would like to grow here.