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Our View: Dowagiac residents committed to their city

Published 3:13pm Thursday, November 21, 2013

I would never profess myself to be an expert on any subject matter, especially not the on the complex and ever evolving field of journalism. However, if there was one fact that I was certain was irrefutable when it came to this profession, it was that everyone, no matter who they are or where they are from, hates journalists.

Since starting my new position with the Daily News, I’m no longer certain of that fact.

While I still have yet to completely settle into my new role as community editor, I can say I’ve been blown away by the terrific way I’ve been welcomed by the people I’ve met so far in Dowagiac. It’s been a delight talking with everyone I’ve encountered so far, many of whom have actually came up to me and introduced themselves.

As someone who’s used to having scorn and rejection thrown at me as soon as I’m sighted with pen and notebook in hand, it has been a pleasant change of pace.

In all seriousness, the thing that has truly impressed me on my first week of the job is the level of commitment the people of Dowagiac have toward making their city a better place. Whether they work on the city commission or volunteer at the local church, everyone I’ve met has a vested interest in their community, and about learning whatever they can about what goes on inside it.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s many of Dowagiac’s citizens rely on the Daily News to provide them with this information. Whether it’s compelling stories or photos, our readers demand, and deserve, strong content that paints a clear picture of what’s occurring everyday within the city and beyond. I hope that, in my new role, I can deliver on these lofty expectations and continue to inform and educate the Daily News readers.

It’s been a pleasure meeting the handful of this city’s residents that I have so far. I hope I get an opportunity to introduce myself to everyone else real soon. All 5,846 of you.

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