Protected: all in a day’s work

every day i find myself missing my old job more and more. i miss seeing my name in print every morning. i miss writing long, in-depth stories. more than that, i miss my contacts. contacts i spent years cultivating relationships with. contacts who called me at all hours to give me scoops (like the carpet dealership fire at 3 a.m.).

now i’m starting from scratch, and it’s not fun. when i worked in dalton, i never had a problem getting a story. now, it seems like i’m fighting just to keep up with the newspaper reporters here. for instance, a few months ago at a board of education meeting, the board approved a pay raise for the superintendent. i was sitting at the media table with the newspaper reporter, and the board chairman came over to us, said, “here (newspaper reporter’s name), this is a list of all the superintendent’s salaries in the area so you can compare,” and then walked off. was i invisible?

it really bothers me when the newspaper here gets preferential treatment. maybe that’s because i’m so used to being the one getting all the information. now that i’m in radio, i cover pretty much everything rather than having a specific beat, so it’s hard really getting to know my sources. i used to have everyone’s cell and home numbers. not now.

two days ago, i did a story about a lawsuit against the board of education that was dropped. i called the boe’s attorney, and this is how that conversation went:

me: hey. i am calling about the lawsuit against the boe that was dropped. can you give me a little bit of background about the case? (it happened way before i moved here).

him: no.

alrighty then. pissy much? it was odd because it was very uncharacteristic of him. he’s usually *very* talkative, which is more than i can say for most lawyers (one of the downsides of covering courts is having to deal with lawyers).

he said the case was “very” old and wasn’t relevant. except it happened in 2004, which isn’t that long ago. and the case was just dismissed by a federal judge, which makes it newsworthy. besides, he’s not the one who determines what is news and what isn’t.

today, i got a call from that lawyer. he called to apologize for his behavior. he said that no matter what kind of day he was having he shouldn’t have been a jerk (my word), and he hopes that i won’t hesitate in the future to call him about anything. i thought that was really nice. it’s the first time since i’ve been here that i feel like i’ve started building a relationship with a contact again.

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    It sucks starting over again – because building any sort of relationship with contacts or fellow employees is hard work!
    (I’m sort of dreading this with the London move later this year.)


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