Tak­ing care of busi­ness

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE - BY TER­RENCE MCEACHERN

First of all, let me say that it is a plea­sure to cover busi­ness for The Guardian.

This is an ex­cit­ing but, more­over, it’s an im­por­tant op­por­tu­nity to tell sto­ries that are too of­ten over­looked and un­cover in­for­ma­tion that af­fects ev­ery­one.

Be­cause, whether we like it or not, busi­ness has an im­pact on all of us in one way or an­other. There­fore, we need to know what is go­ing on in the busi­ness com­mu­nity and why.

That’s where I come in. So, what makes me tick? A natural cu­rios­ity about the world around me and dig­ging deeper into an is­sue when some­thing doesn’t make sense. This can in­volve por­ing through stacks of doc­u­ments or talk­ing to as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble.

But some­times it doesn’t take much dig­ging to find an in­ter­est­ing story. Some­times they are just sit­ting there and wait­ing to be told. When I worked as a re­porter in Saskatchewan, I wrote a story about a re­tired teacher who con­verted his truck so it could op­er­ate on gaso­line or wood chips. It was a great story, es­pe­cially when we went for a test drive and won­dered if we were go­ing to make it back.

And that’s what makes the job fun – the peo­ple. Sto­ries are, af­ter all, about peo­ple. They al­ways have been and al­ways will be.

I’ve been for­tu­nate to have lived and worked as a re­porter in some in­ter­est­ing places in Canada – as al­ready men­tioned, Saskatchewan, but also Yel­lowknife and Iqaluit.

But the goal was al­ways to come back and tell sto­ries of peo­ple in the Mar­itimes. I’m orig­i­nally from New Brunswick and now call P.E.I. home.

So, if you have any story ideas for me or just want to chat, I’m easy to find.

Thank you, and I look for­ward to hear­ing from you. Ter­rence McEachern is The Guardian’s busi­ness re­porter. He can be reached at 902-629-6000, ext. 6057, by email at Ter­rence.McEachern@the­guardian.pe.ca or on so­cial me­dia at Twit­ter.com/ ter­ry_mcn.


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