Because we have so few reporters on staff, and we're a daily paper, we have to rotate Saturday shifts among about four people. That breaks down to one Saturday a month for each of us, and today is my Saturday. What I like about working weekends is that it's quiet in the office, just me and a photographer, usually, and typically Saturday means a few quick hitters, mainly fun event stories like wine tastings, bike races, children's plays, etc. Those aren't just easy stories to write (and often feature free food), they're also rich with opportunity for podcasts. Today, I attended a picnic emphasizing race unity, which included not only plenty of articulate and passionate interviewees, but also live music and ambient noise like the sizzle of garden burgers on the grill. And since I had a little extra time to work on the podcast when I got back, I was able to add in some of that ambient noise to make a slicker podcast than my normal 'talk into the mic' interview.
I'm a native Oregonian who, up until recently, has been reporting on local issues in Portland, Forest Grove and currently Corvallis. I am now an editor of an internal publication at a local university, making the transition from the newsroom to world of academia. I continue to write, photograph and explore the world of podcasting in my work, and am eager to explore my new opportunities.