Meet Laurie Sullivan, new senior journalist at the Myrtleford Times/Alpine Observer
WHY would you leave sunny Port Macquarie for chilly Myrtleford?
It’s a question I’ve been asked a few times in the past week since arriving in ‘Myrt’.
The answer is that the position at the Myrtleford Times/Alpine Observer was a chance to return to regional community newspapers, my first love as a journalist.
At the age or 25 I founded a regional weekly, the Camden Haven Courier, on the NSW Mid-North Coast.
As editor I had my finger on the pulse of the local communities.
But, if deliveries were running behind schedule, it was a thrill to see people sitting on their front porch - often still in their pyjamas - waiting for their copy to be lobbed over the fence each Wednesday morning.
North East Media, publisher of the Myrtleford Times/Alpine Observer, retains that same commitment to the communities it serves.
Journalism doesn’t get more ‘grassroots’ than the Times and the Observer, which have been serving the towns and villages of Victoria’s spectacularly beautiful North East for many decades.
The chance to again get newsprint on my fingers, as well as contribute to the growth and development of the company’s digital footprint, is what enticed me to make the tree change to Myrtleford.
So, if you have an opinion, a gripe, or news from your local group, not-forprofit organisation, sporting club, or business association, please contact me.
I’d love to help you to share it with our community.
Reach me at LSullivan@ nemedia.com.au or on 0435 795 326, or simply drop by the Myrtleford office at 76 Standish Street for a chat.
I hope to speak with you soon.