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Drought or flood

October 8, 2008 - Jennifer Brookens
It's the small-town reporter's cross to bear: sometimes we have so many stories that could be/should be covered we get overwhelmed. Then there are times when we are scratching for the slightest hint of something interesting and newsworthy to cover.

Each of us reporters are required to have AT LEAST one feature (something other than a hard news story) for our Lifestyles section each week. Naturally, the more stories we have, the happier our editors/publishers are. Other features we sometimes need to have include our Outdoors and Recreation page, our seniors sections, and several other special tabs and sections we have throughout the year.

So here's the deal: You got a special event coming up, or a unique hobby, or some other exciting adventure to tell the world about. Contact us! For events, the sooner in advance you can let us know, the better the chance it has of getting covered.

There are some limits to what can be done though. A feature story is NOT meant to serve as free advertising; we can write about the story behind the event or business, but for a full-fledged plug, contact our advertising department. (Hey, it's only fair.) Also, don't be disappointed if a reporter doesn't automatically hop on your tip about your two-headed carrot that resembles Groucho Marx. (But on a slow enough news day, you might get lucky!!) Put the shoe on the other foot: would YOU want to read about a neighbor's Missionary trip, or a fundraiser for your co-worker's daughter diagnosed with cancer, or someone who grew a potato that resembles Joan Collins when viewed in a dimly lit room?

Finally, timing is everything in the news business. Some worthwhile events just might get missed if there are other news and stories taking prescedence that day. Please don't take it personal. We reporters are only human, and can only handle so much at any given time. But on those medium to slow news days, chances are a reporter will be very happy to hear from you. So if you think it's interesting, call us at (507) 235-3303.


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