Sto­ries of res­i­dents keep me go­ing

Chinchilla News - - NEWS | OPINION - Madi­son Watt Madi­son.Watt@chin­

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!

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