Thursday, July 5, 2007
Team effort, lots of fun at newspaper
If you recall, last week’s column was post-scripted with a small jibe directed toward our photographer, Lawrence White.
At the time that article was written, we, including editor and publisher Barry Burleson, had no idea that the Mississippi Press Association had bestowed further honors on “your” South Reporter.
At a luncheon (photo in last week’s edition), Barry, during his presentation of the various awards, alluded to the fact that the association committee had purposely kept him in the dark. Also during his address, Barry stated that the publishing of The South Reporter is a total team effort.
I can easily add to that. It is also a “family” of employees – a close-knit group which runs on dedication and professionalism laced with an undying sense of humor. It matters not when or where you go around the newspaper office, chances are you are going to hear laughter.
I can remember when I first came on board, some years ago, I remarked that there was a feeling of jocularity permeating the place. Linda Jones remarked that, “You have to have a sense of humor to work here.” And if you have read Linda’s column, then you know that she can find humor in anything.
Along with the humor goes a real sense of dedication. Barry constantly reminds us that what we do is for the public. Deadlines have to be met, so sometimes there is a little knuckle biting. But at the end of the day we hope that we have pleased you, our readership.
I am going to stop this before it becomes maudlin. Again, thank you for reading us, and thank you for your many comments. And a special “thanks” to my dear cousin, Corrine Coleman, who called with a congratulatory message.
Have a happy and safe Independence Day and we will see you in the newspaper.
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