So Weekly Highs and Lows! (plus an added bonus! Rant on work!!)
- I have a job. Still. It ties into the rant on work, but I am glad I have a job, and one I really do love most days!
- Mom is doing well on the new meds. She will be on them for about 3 months and then go back to the dr. and see if surgery is needed at that time or what. We are praying that the meds do it and it all goes away.
- American Idol gave us an interesting choice: Blake or Jordin. Goodness! I love them both!!!
- Found out my uncle in Germany has pancreatic cancer. He started chemo since they can't do surgery or radiation. Have no further details on why not, but that is what Mom said when she talked to her sister.
- Ok this is minor in the scheme of things, but, dude, my little toe on my right foot still hurts! I was racing a 7yr old - yes a 26yr old should know better - but it was fun. Well minus me leaping over an oil spill in the Volunteer Fire Department bay and landing on my foot wrong. It's actually a lot better then earlier this week, but still is a pain.
- Dad convinced Mom to put their house back up for sale. This in turn meant they couldn't take the WAY CUTE puppy we (my friends and I) found as a stray. My friends are still looking to give him away - not that any of you are in my area, sadly, but jus fyi *wink*. So Mom has to continue packing and look for a new, smaller, more affordable house. Not that Dad can't afford the one we bought 4 years ago, but because he wants to downsize and pay off the mortgage quicker.
Ok. I am a journalist in a small staff, like me, another writer, bookkeeper and the publisher small. Our publisher is also the publisher of a sister newspaper on the opposite side of the county, which isn't that big to begin with. In the group, the publication owns 4 papers within 40 miles of us. But we all are small and unique and happy independent folks.
So our publisher announced that she is finally had enough of the stress of putting out two weekly papers, and is moving back to the one she had originally. I don't blame her, but I am very sad to see her leave since she is really a great lady to work with.
As this transition goes on, about a month until we get a new publisher I am told, we are being "supervised" but this outside, once publisher of a sister newspaper, but now freelancer. I'll admit, he has had YEARS of experience in this business, and knows how to make a paper look good and run well. However, he had been causing nothing but headaches for me and the other writer. More for the other writer, Denton, then me, since Denton is technically in some way my boss. Go figure.
Anyway, this supervisor has come in and basically told us we don't know what we are doing, everyone (aka our readers) say there is nothing in the paper, that the Employee of the Month (for the schools) and other small articles don't matter to anyone but those who are in the picture, and we should be covering more news, spend more time in the office then out... yadda yadda yadda!
I fear that Denise may only get this: Marlin is not like any other town I have ever lived in. I was talking to my friend who moved here from Dallas with her husband since he is from here, and we agreed, Marlin is... unique. Unless you live here there isn't a real way to describe this place - and I am sure everyone feels the same about their town as well. So when this guy comes in and makes sweeping declarations of "no body reads about the garden club except those who were at the meeting" and "everyone says there is nothing in your paper" it's hard to not get defensive. Besides, this is my JOB and my LIFE we are talking about!
He has good ideas, granted, and some good ways to critic and make the articles better, but there is something called CONSTRUCTIVE criticism and trusting those who live here that we know what's going on. Ok so Waco TV and Waco newspapers sometimes get the scoop before us, but I have been trying so hard to build a reputation with the people in power, I am not about to destroy it. This guy gloats that his past editors were glad to see him leave, and that city government employees hated him. Oh well warm fuzzies to you. I prefer to have a friendly, non-hateful relationship with my City Council, City workers and employees. I prefer to laugh and joke with my Police officers and Fire fighters so that when I come and ask for something there isn't some spiteful nature between us. But maybe that's just me. Maybe that's just how things are done in Marlin.
This guy has pissed us off to no end. Our paper layout is crap. The way we lay out our briefs and dogleg copy is crap. Like anyone who isn't an editor, journalist, or in the field notices that an article is wrapped around a picture and cutline that is separate as dogleg copy!! We could leave holes in the paper and I am sure no one will scream about bloody white space!!!!
So. My sunny personality has been over come by my need to bite my tongue, smile and nod, and be thankful this jerk isn't in our office everyday. I'm just sayin, I think we, Denton and myself, know a bit more about what is news worthy, and should go into the paper. Could it be improved? Hell YA! But to tell us we are putting in crap and nobody reads the paper, gee that's effective communication skills!
Let's gloss over the fact that people are STILL talking about my opt-ed article that ran like 3 weeks ago!