A Greencastle native and a 2017 graduate of Wabash College, Brand Selvia is passionate about history, conversation and classic cars. Nicknamed "Brando" by family and friends, Selvia loves chatting over a cup of coffee, as well as joyriding in his 1974 Volkswagen Beetle.
All of these events got a story out of me, one way or another. As Jared took the day off to celebrate his 40th birthday, I pretty much held down the newsroom on Tuesday.
"After the morning (*day, really*) I've had, it's very much appreciated," I told a guy from the Greencastle Fire Department after he gave me more info about the Peeler fire. I meant it. One thing I will greatly oblige having in this job is this cooperation.
Still, we as reporters can't get to this point without the effort to be there -- or at least to follow up later on. Can it be frustrating sometimes? Yes. Is it necessary? Absolutely.
Some things might be beyond our control efficiency-wise. It's pretty difficult to get a shot of a crash scene when you're actually stuck in the traffic. I went a business day without updating the U.S. 36 crash because those more timely stories compounded.
I suppose that I'm different in my thinking from more seasoned journalists, who will place a stricter value on urgency. I won't get flustered with writing multiple stories in one day. To be honest, this is a pretty good way to temporarily lose a little of your sanity. Spacing out my priorities some is how I can get better-quality stories written.
However, I still stand by the notion that -- oftentimes -- you've got to get the story up online immediately. That is a little thrill I will get when the scanner starts going crazy.
Can you hear Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries?" This is how it feels initially at times. However, I have to be ready for what I might see. I can't be -- I'm not -- the hero here.
This is how being a small-town reporter goes. We have to always adapt to the situation before us, a part of the know-how I'm still getting the hang of. What makes the effort worthwhile is knowing that it is not just expected or anticipated, but has real value.
I will get out there, and do so the best that I can. That is when it all becomes exciting.
This may take a hint from Jared's blog, and Randy Bachman implying that I "start (my) slaving job to get (my) pay" is off-base. However, I think his song might be more about being your own. I relish the purpose and freedom that comes with this job.
This newsroom is going to do our best to be at that fire, that ribbon-cutting and that council/school board meeting, because it matters. That's us takin' care of business.