Getting to know your new captains of the news desk
The late, former editor of the Washington Post, Ben Bradlee once said “Any relaxation of the press will be extremely costly to democracy.” I take my job pretty seriously, and my ultimate goal is not just to inform you. My job is to tell you something you don’t know, to insight rioting, and, as a former Georgia College professor, Doug Monroe once told me: “to afflict the comfortable, and comfort the afflicted.”
I see this news section as a pirate ship. A winged beast, drinking from the gutters and ditches of Milledgeville, unsleeping and untired. A leviathan, breaching the waters of Lake Oconee and opening his gruesome jaws to swallow up the enemies of the people, traveling back to the floor of the lake — misunderstood and alone, to drink black coffee and listen to Outkast’s “Aquemini”.
Continuing this extended metaphor, this massive monster of a news desk is going to take you into the depths of Milledgeville and yourself. Now, separate from the metaphor. If you don’t want to know anything that might upset you or make you want to stick it to the man, turn back now. But, if you consider yourself a literate fighter, gird your loins for battle and check back often for the only news in middle Georgia.
I’ve had a lot of weird jobs in my life. I’ve worked as a wilderness guide in north Maine, I’ve sold dirt, sod and garden plants to upscale suburbanites, and I’ve rigged electric cables in wind turbines. But working as the assistant news editor is different. It’s exciting.
When I transferred to Georgia College two years ago, I didn’t know much about journalism. It seemed like a stretch when I tried to imagine myself working for my student newspaper. The only thing I knew was that I wanted to write.
But then, a funny thing happened. For the first time in my adult life, I started actually paying attention to the world around me. And I decided that I was ready to do something that mattered, and while it may sound a bit cheesy, working at The Colonnade is the perfect opportunity for that.
Sure, it’s the student paper, but people read it. It has the power to affect change in our local community, and as the great visionary, MVP and dreamer Steve Nash once said, “Think globally, act locally I suppose.”