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What’s the good word?

October 18, 2017
Amy H. Peterson - Staff Writer (apeterson@esthervillenews.net) , Estherville News

I think here in the newsroom, we too often become bogged down in the things we must do. Our job is foremost to attend governmental meetings to help them remain transparent to the public. It's to question public officials about matters in the public interest (we try and often succeed). We serve to put photographs and words in the paper that chronicle our life as a community and showcase what we have going.

I've been here about two and a half years, and I've been able to get to know quite a few people, yet not enough.

What we don't always get done are the quirky, fun, informative feel-good stories of daily life in Emmet County. David said he once captured a story of a hobbyist with a visually appealing craft because he saw the person at work as he was driving by. I've had people send me messages on the E'ville Amy Facebook page, which is terrific, and I'd love for that to happen more often.

What would be even better, though is to drive out to where you are and take some snaps of what you have going on. In the past 2.5 years, I've started to really get to know my Canon Rebel 5i DSLR, and once in a while capture some amazing shots.

Between the newspaper, where we really prefer to break up the dry chronicles of government with beautiful photos and entertaining features, and the bimonthly magazine, Our Hometown, we actually have a lot of space for features and fun.

Will you let me tell your story?

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Between the newspaper, where we really prefer to break up the dry chronicles of government with beautiful photos and entertaining features, and the bimonthly magazine, Our Hometown, we actually have a lot of space for features and fun.

Will you let me tell your story?

Sometimes serious stories are great, too, like the series on Mental Health we did last spring.

Here's what I'm looking for specifically:

For Oct. 22, something about breast cancer and/or pink ribbon. Whether you do a craft or activity as a fund raiser, someone in your family is a survivor (or not) or it's affecting your life in some other way, I would love to present a real story about breast cancer.

Also for Oct. 22, I'm looking for Emmet County women who are landowners. Recently, a book came out with photos and stories of Women and the Land in Iowa. It's a beautiful book, but no one is in it from Emmet County. I want to take a photo of Emmet County women, each standing on their land, with a story about how long the land has been in your family, or if not, how you came to own the land.

For Oct. 25, anything. I want to see a hobbyist at work. Do you have something very cool like a big loom? Do we have additional musicians in our midst, and could I take a photo of you singing or playing? If you have another type of story to tell, let me come to you and take the best portrait I can. I'm taking online courses in portraiture in hopes of becoming a better human photojournalist.

Alternatively, if you do something unique to support a good cause, I want to know that. I know someone in the area designs tee shirts?

For Oct. 29 or possibly on social media: do you have an amazing Halloween costume (probably not excessively gory or scary)? Let's see it!

For Nov. 2, we have a few submitted photos for All Saints Day to follow up on Survived by, our story on grief from the Our Hometown story in which we included graveside family photos you submitted to us. We couldn't fit them all in the magazine, so we have a start on this feature but we would like to see more.

For Nov. 6, adoption. November is Adoption Month, and I will be running a story on the number of foster children in Emmet County. I'm an adoptee, and I want to tell at least one adoption story. Will you let me into this part of your lives?

Throughout November: Gratitude. This involves a photo of you with something (or someone) you're grateful for. I hope to have at least a photo and cutline of one of these for every November issue.

I may seem quiet in public, but I have questions and ask a lot of them! I'm endlessly curious, and hope to grow the newspaper in this way.

Call me at the Estherville News 712-362-2622, email apeterson@esthervillenews.net, or text or call my cell phone 712-330-2593.

This is your newspaper, and we hope to tell more of your stories in better and richer ways.

 
 
 

 

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