Saturday, December 15, 2018

Rhode Islander takes on Dodge County

Last May as I was getting ready to graduate college from Franklin Pierce University, I was asked to come visit a small town called St. James, Minnesota to interview for a staff writer position with the local paper. 

I had never been to Minnesota before but I decided to fly from my hometown of Warwick, Rhode Island to Minnesota. 

That was one of the best decisions I ever made. 

During my time in college I traveled the country covering different political rallies and events, including both the GOP National Convention and the DNC National Convention, along with the Presidential Inauguration. 

While I enjoyed covering politics a lot, especially on a national stage, during my time in St. James I learned very quickly that there is something very special about covering small town communities. 

Journalism is an essential part of Democracy both on a local level and on the national level. 

As a journalist I consider myself an advocate for informing the public about what is happening in the community. 

Whether it’s something positive or negative I take my role in the public discourse very seriously and work hard to inform you the reader about what is happening in an honest and fair way. 

I graduated college with a degree in political science, and throughout my life I would never expected to become a reporter or work in the media industry. 

But then something happened. I learned about how important the role of the press is for Democracy, and I knew I wanted to be apart of it. 

In St. James, I was very fortunate to have a chance to be involved in the community.  I was on our local Chamber of Commerce Board, participated in the community theater and also made many friends and memories during my 15 months there. 

As I start my new journey in Dodge County, I also hope to become an active member of the local community. 

I am looking forward to telling the unique stories that the Dodge County community has to offer, and I look forward to meeting all of you. 

So the next time you see me at the market or at an event come up and talk to me. I would love to get to know you!

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Steele County Times & DCI

Steele County Times
507-583-4431
411 E. Main St.
P.O. Box 247
Blooming Prairie, MN 55917

Dodge County Independent
507-634-7503
121 West Main St.
Kasson, MN 55944

Dodge County Printing
507-634-2661
121 West Main St.
Kasson, MN 55944

 

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