A fond farewell

I am writing to share that my time at The Review has come to an end. I have accepted another position and have exited my job as a desk editor.

It has been my pleasure to serve the public behind the scenes of the city’s daily newspaper. It was a treat to get to occasionally write and share my thoughts off-and-on throughout the past six years as well. I can only hope some of my writing held the attention of readers and perhaps touched a few along the way.

My job has largely consisted of copy editing duties. I have been responsible for laying out countless pages, coming up with many headlines, and proofreading an innumerable amount of stories.

Each night that I was on the desk I helped create a piece of art, if you will, and then sent it out for the public to either criticize or praise.

Several times I have had to refrain from posting on social media sites after reading negative comments regarding something I was responsible for doing. I would take things personally, so I learned to just stop reading most comments. But there were also plenty of instances when people shared stories or made positive remarks on something I had been part of producing.

Dealing with obituaries is one aspect of the job I admit I will not miss. Throughout the years I have put the obituaries of former teachers, family members, classmates and parents of friends onto Page 5A. It was always a sad and surreal experience.

I have also been present for many breaking news stories, including fires, traffic accidents, the word of newly-elected officials, and unfortunately some town tragedies.

I never knew what was going to come across the emergency scanner, though it was always a solemn and heart-wrenching moment when I would hear the last call for a local policeman or firefighter ring out.

I have developed many skills and learned lots of lessons as part of a newsroom team, especially working with the public. Many a time I answered the phone to be met by an angry caller. While I am no reporter, I was assigned several features and human interest pieces throughout my time at The Review, which helped to increase my skills as a writer and listener. I enjoyed learning about the people I talked with and realizing how many interesting individuals make up this little section of the world.

I am truly thankful for the opportunities I’ve had and lessons I’ve learned and will take them with me onto my next endeavor.

As I sign off, I think of the things I will miss.

I will miss taking part in the football picks this season. I rarely chose the right winners, but I had a few lucky weeks and it was fun to compete.

I will miss sharing my thoughts and opinions with you as well and I will miss my fellow co-workers. In the past six years many different reporters and newsroom staff have come and gone, but one person who stayed steady was The Review’s Editor, Jim Mackey. I still remember the first day I was hired, being intimidated by the atmosphere and by my new boss, but now I leave knowing I have a friend in the newsroom.

The newspaper has been with me through all of my personal milestones as well. I got engaged, married and had a child within the last six years. I hope that whoever fills my position grows with it as much as I have. Working the evening hours, weekends and holidays can definitely be tough, but it’s been a great experience and great first job out of college.

As corny as it may sound, the truth is, The Review will always hold a special place in my heart.

(Laura Reed is former copy editor at The Review. Editor’s Note: We will miss her!)