Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

I’VE been priv­i­leged. Work­ing in com­mu­nity news­pa­pers for 29 years, I’ve met some ex­tra­or­di­nary peo­ple, es­pe­cially those who think they’re or­di­nary but have such pas­sion for their neigh­bour­hoods, fam­ily and friends that they are clearly in­spi­ra­tional. This week marks the end of my ca­reer in lo­cal news­pa­pers, grad­u­at­ing from cadet to jour­nal­ist to edi­tor over three decades. I’ve learned so much about my­self, and how peo­ple and com­mu­ni­ties work, that it’s a per­sonal and pro­fes­sional tri­umph. I hope I’ve helped in­form peo­ple about what’s go­ing on in their world, their back yard, be­cause I’ve loved do­ing it. And that is re­ally the essence of what sub­ur­ban pa­pers are all about, keep­ing com­mu­ni­ties con­nected. I’m off to ex­plore new hori­zons, but I can’t see my­self ever not flip­ping through the pages of my lo­cal, to stay in touch, learn some­thing new, con­sider an­other per­spec­tive. Keep on read­ing.

Michele Nu­gent, For­mer edi­tor and re­porter, Com­mu­nity News­pa­per Group

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