It’s not easy to tell the kinds of stories we tell and it takes a special kind of person to tell them. Newspapering is a calling, like the ministry but with fouler language and more deadlines.
It’s the only profession I’ve known and one I’ve loved. Which is why I’m trying to put how I feel about The Herald, my fellow editors and reporters and the work that’s done here down on the page.
This is a love note. The kind you leave for a girl – or a boy – whom you know you can’t be with anymore but hate to say goodbye to. You want to tell them it was real, that you meant everything you said, but have to stop saying it.
I’m writing it because I’m leaving The Herald and the business of daily journalism for a new career path. This is my last column and it’s one of the hardest ones I’ve ever had to write.
I’ve had good run at a job that was – to steal a line from Garrison Keillor – “a joy forever.” Well, not forever, I guess. In any case, I don’t have many regrets.
It was a privilege to work for The Herald. I did my best to serve the readers well, though that was often not good enough, a point that many of you have made over the years.
And that’s as it should be. Newspaper people may get the paper out, but readers are what makes a paper. Without you, we – I still have a few days of newspapering in me – are nothing. So, thanks for everything. See you in the funny papers.
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Nick Hildebrand was The Herald’s News Editor/Weekends.