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June 7, 2010 - Jennifer Brookens

Deadlines are an everyday way of life for the journalist. So when we have a deadline that we had two months to meet, you'd think we'd have no problem. But it seems to be the hardest task for us.

Most of us know the drill by now for our annual summer "Hometown" magazine. I'm pretty sure the other reporters - like me - promise themselves that they WILL write up those interviews as soon as they're finished. Yet we put it off for the afternoon. Then tomorrow. Then we'll get to it by the end of the week when things quiet down.... Then it's deadline day! Can you say "overwhelmed?"

I enjoyed all my interview subjects this year, and I truly want to do their stories justice. And this is where I end up psyching myself out.  Have the details dulled with time? But luckily, as I'm going through my notes, it all comes back to me.

So later this month, when you see the "Hometown Pillars" magazine, know that the two months (and the few days extra the editor gives us to hurry up and get our stuff finished) spent preparing it is a daunting task, but we are hoping to showcase the good people of our community who deserve this recognition. (And for those close to me that I may snap at during this crunch time, please don't take it personal!)



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