Western Exposure: Behind the scenes

Horse trainer Kenny Olson reads the Casper Star-Tribune during some down time at the race track Sept. 9 at the Central Wyoming Fairgrounds.

Jenna VonHofe, Star-Tribune

I was told many times before starting my career in journalism that the profession is as unforgiving as it is rewarding. True to form, this week has been hard. But I am proud of the work I have done in this community.

Lately, I have seen a lot of misunderstanding about how the news gets from the source to the pages of the newspaper. There has been negativity toward journalists and their work on a national scale.

Behind every front-page image there is a photographer who waited for that perfect moment. For every high school football story there is a reporter who spent his Friday night on the sidelines. And each newspaper that arrives on your doorstep the day after Thanksgiving or Christmas means a team of people worked through the holiday.

Hidden behind every story are long days, separated by not much sleep, dedicated to the job.

Many people in this profession can’t imagine doing anything else with their lives, and I am one of them. We work through holidays, birthdays and summer vacations, embedded in the community. Casper is our community, our family and our home.

Your story matters to us, whether it is your child scoring the game-winning touchdown, your business opening downtown or your contributions to the community.

We carry your stories with us every day, because we are your neighbors. We are not “the media.”

Every one-star review, disparaging remark and frustrated phone call falls to a journalist who is striving to serve you. I hope that you remember we are human first and journalists second.


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