Stories of residents keep me going
I’VE been at The Chinchilla
News now for just over a month and it’s been a real learning curve for a young journo like me.
In such a short amount of time, I’ve become quite invested in the town’s triumphs and tragedies.
The Bulldogs team winning the Terry Charles Shield, schools supporting anti-bullying causes, young Jaymon getting better and volunteer dentists coming to Tara to support residents, they’ve all been such good news stories that I’ve loved writing or reading about.
It’s so good to see the community come together to support local sports teams and causes; it really warms your heart.
But my heartstrings have also been pulled quite hard by the not-so-good stories that we’ve seen.
Loss of local jobs, hospital bypass putting stress on pregnant mums and their families, services such as water and roads negatively affecting residents and tragic car accidents have also affected the community and it’s plain to see when speaking to residents.
It’s also frustrating when you hear stories that deeply affect people but red tape and other factors hold you back from writing a story straight away.
Not just that, but also the fact that I as a journo have to get better at being able to write these stories so as not to let things hold me back from getting important stories out into the community.
Gotta keep working and learning!