A big thank you to our readers

The Timaru Herald - - COMMENT&OPINION -

years, I’ve been lucky enough to work along­side some pas­sion­ate, driven, and inspiring peo­ple in the com­mu­nity I grew up in. Fri­day marked my last day in that com­mu­nity, and in the Her­ald news­room.

Next week I’ll move north to see new places, meet new peo­ple, and share different sto­ries.

But I’ll al­ways be the girl from South Canty who would read the Her­ald in the Opihi Col­lege li­brary each day. See­ing my by­line in that same pa­per years later has been one of my proud­est mo­ments, and big­gest priv­i­leges.

From break­ing the news about plans to de­mol­ish the Hy­dro Grand Ho­tel and sit­ting in a uni­mog as sol­diers checked flood­af­fected towns, to a miss­ing coun­cil loo at Te Moana Gorge that turned out to not be so far away after all, I’ve felt hon­oured to have shared this re­gion’s sto­ries.

And I’m in­cred­i­bly grate­ful to the peo­ple who have al­lowed me to do so.

I’ve also been proud to work with a news­room full of peo­ple who care deeply about in­form­ing their com­mu­nity and cel­e­brat­ing its suc­cesses.

I’ll miss the guid­ance, the laughs, and the ban­ter. Be­ing a jour­nal­ist is not with­out its chal­lenges.

The in­dus­try is fac­ing in­creas­ingly uncer­tain times. De­ci­sions made in board­rooms hundreds of kilo­me­tres away have sig­nif­i­cant ef­fects on re­gional news­rooms, and jour­nal­ists are con­sis­tently be­ing asked to do more with less.

But it’s also dur­ing those darker mo­ments that the com­mu­nity has ral­lied around its news­pa­per.

The re­cent de­ci­sion by Fairfax to dis­con­tinue re­gional sports re­port­ing was in­cred­i­bly tough on the Her­ald news­room. How­ever, the pas­sion and depth of feeling I en­coun­tered from those in our com­mu­nity who fought the de­ci­sion was heart­en­ing not just for me, but for ev­ery­one associated with the pa­per.

So, I’d like to say thank you. And thank you to the peo­ple who re­turned a phone call, a text mes­sage, an email.

Thank you to those who guided me, and who later let me guide them. Thank you to those who taught me what it is to be not just a re­porter, but a jour­nal­ist.

Ev­ery time I picked up the phone, I was do­ing so on be­half of 30-odd thou­sand of you.

I hope I did you proud.

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