Fresh out of Butler University, I had no idea what to expect as I acclimated to the Current office and started writing for the Fishers edition.
What I should have expected: a vastly diverse community to cover, a readership that is nothing but friendly and helpful, a bright, entertaining newspaper staff to work with and one of the greatest opportunities to write an array of rich, exciting stories so early in my journalism career.
How many journalists wake up in the morning and write about local athletes training to duke it out in the Olympics and then turn around to write a story about a local author and illustrator gaining national notoriety?
That’s why I’m lucky – and proud – to be a journalist serving the Fishers community.
Fishers is a lot different than where I come from. Griffith, Ind. is a tiny town amidst the urban sprawl and contradictory green fields of Lake County. Trains are a common sight. Football is popular. And everyone knows each other – whether they like it or not.
What I want Current in Fishers to be, much how my predecessor, Jordan Fischer– who incidentally hired me at my first Butler writing gig – built it to be, is a conduit to help everyone get to know each other better. Not to the tiny town degree, but in a way that brings together people from all over the sprawl that is Fishers, while informing and entertaining.
And, of course, I can’t do that without you, the readers. Starting today, I am holding “office hours” at the Starbucks on 116th Street off of I-69 from 3-5 p.m. Come by and chat. Most likely I’ll be typing away at a story. While you’re at it, tell me YOUR story, because there’s nothing better than getting to know new people and the community’s dynamic.
Thank you to everyone who already shared their stories with me and welcomed me to the community.