, Salem, MA


January 3, 2014

Column: Why I’m ‘settling’ as a small-town journalist


Aside from predicting future industry trends, I have other reasons for aspiring to be a small-town journalist. Simply put, I love small-town life. Some of the most incredible stories are overlooked because they are set in a rural location — stories that even the urban papers would be dying to publish if they knew about them. But someone has to be willing to dig. Someone needs to go to that knitting club, that Little League softball game, that woodworking shop. It takes a unique kind of curiosity to seek out the story in the seemingly story-less places, and for me, that curiosity is insatiable.

Home means something different to everyone. For many of my fellow college graduates, home will be Boston, New York or L.A. For me, home is where there are more trees than people, where the nearest Wal-Mart is 30 minutes away, where the new rotary is the biggest town controversy in years, and where the newspaper is the heart of what brings it all together.


Angie Sykeny is a senior at Gordon College in Wenham, majoring in communication arts, and a fellow in the Gordon College News Service fellowship program.

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