Shaking in My Boots

  • March 06, 2012
  • Posted by Sara Schmidt

Because this event occurred later in the month, it sticks out most in my mind. On February 24th, I made a presentation to about 40 attendees at the ServeMontana Symposium in Helena. Although Gary was supposed to accompany and perform the majority of the presentation, he needed to attend to family matters back home in Illinois and left it in my hands. None of the other Executive Board members were able to attend either. I told them all I was “shaking in my boots,” but they all reported back that they had utmost confidence in me. Anyway, I used one of Gary’s past presentations and it went very well. What struck me the most was how easy the knowledge and anecdotes flowed. I was relieved to realize that after 4 months, I know more about how the complex organization functions than I thought. 

Sara Schmidt
Big Sky Watershed Corps AmeriCorps member at Blackfoot Challenge


I think we run into all the same problems when tinryg to push these stories forward, which is one of the goals we’ve set for the Star Tribune in its remake. As a rule, wire stories have yet to adopt this notion in any significant way. Even having established this as a goal, we’re constantly fighting the temptation to fashion stories around the strongest event in the news, which tends to lead the piece back to the original thrust. But as we’ve made some progress on this, I’ve noticed an interesting thing. Readers are seem to be appreciative of this push, and I’ve yet to receive a complaint from anyone outside the building. One byproduct has been that it can be harder to give the front page a hard-news feel when you’re sometimes substituting a forward-looking lede for the news summary. One of the complaints about this paper’s remake has been it’s less newsy. Again, though, that’s a complaint that seems to come more often from within the building than from out.Anders

Posted by Hikaru at March 15 2012

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