Actually, every day I write the news from Riverside and North Riverside, IL.
For those of you who don't know, I've taken a job as a reporter for the Suburban Life covering those two towns. When people ask me who I work for, it's a little confusing. Our parent company is GateHouse Media. When I began the interview process in May, they were Liberty Group Publishing. (More on that here). I work for a division of the company called Liberty Suburban Chicago Newspapers. Within Liberty Suburban, I work in the North Riverside newsroom, which produces two papers: Life and Suburban Life. These papers cover Berkeley, Berwyn, Broadview, Brookfield, Cicero, Countryside, Forest View, Hillside, Hodgkins, Indian Head Park, La Grange, La Grange Highlands, La Grange Park, Lyons, McCook, North Riverside, Riverside, Riverside Lawn, Stickney, Westchester, Western Springs and Willow Springs. The papers come out twice a week, Wednesday and Friday, essentially.
My job is pretty cool. For all of college, when people asked me what I wanted to do when I got out, my answer was always, "I want to write and get paid for it." And that's what I'm doing, so that's pretty great. I cover village boards and school board, cops and community happenings. I'm your basic municipal beat reporter.
I'm in the newsroon late tonight because I have to go to a school board meeting at Riverside Brookfield High School. Not the most exciting thing in the world, but it's a start. Just remember, Hemingway got his start writing for newspapers. And I got my start by winning a Hemingway conest. Coincidence? I think not.
ALBUM OF THE MOMENT:
Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum - Tally Hall
Check 'em out. Some songs remind me of They Might Be Giants. One reminds me of Harry Belafonte. All of them are just great.