Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

Opinion

August 31, 2013

New GDT reporter comes from similar community

GLASGOW — Let me introduce myself, even though I’m better at writing about other people. My name is Sarah Rose. I am the new cops and courts reporter for the Glasgow Daily Times. This will be the first time I’ve ever covered this beat, and I am excited to have this great opportunity.

Well, before I go into my life story, I will give a few (very) random facts about myself. 1. Cheese popcorn is like a food group to me. 2. I went to State for Track and Field. 3. I don’t like straws. 4. When I was young, I wanted to be a storm chaser. 5. I won a trophy in middle school for reading more books than anyone else at my school.

I was born and raised in Rocky Ford, Colo. Our high school mascot is a meloneer, which is a muscular watermelon flexing. I’m not kidding. The meloneers are on “odd mascot” lists all over the Internet. If you want to see a person-like watermelon, google “meloneers.”

During my interview, one of the questions I was asked by the editor of this paper was, “Have you been to a truck and tractor pull?” I have. Rocky Ford is very similar to Barren County in some ways. Rocky Ford doesn’t have the humidity, but, like Glasgow, the local fair is a must-see event. Most people who live in Rocky Ford don’t have a southern accent, but, like Glasgow, agriculture is what helps to keep the town alive. Rocky Ford doesn’t have a town square, but, like Glasgow, it is a rural community. Rocky Ford isn’t in a commonwealth, but, like Glagow, the median household income is in the $20,000-dollar range.

This May, I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication: Media Strategies and Applications from Colorado Mesa University. I completed my internship at The Daily Sentinel in Grand Junction, Colo. I wrote features on everything from entertainment to lifestyle. Before that, I was a student news reporter for CMU.

Many of my friends and family members wondered why I decided to move to a state halfway across the country. The reason I moved here is because of the Glasgow Daily Times. I can’t imagine not working for a newspaper. I hope to be reporting for a newspaper until I can’t physically type anymore. That’s how passionate I am.

So, why did I choose journalism as a career? 1. I am a very curious person. I have to know what’s going on in the world around me. 2. I enjoy meeting people from all walks of life. I think meeting different people helps me to become a better person. 3. I love to write, plain and simple. There’s nothing more beautiful on this earth than written (or typed) words.

I understand that reporting is a major responsibility, and I don’t take that lightly. I am here to seek and report the truth. That may upset some people, but I am fine with that. And because I am from a town that’s more than a thousand miles away from Glasgow, I will bring an outside perspective. I am glad that the Glasgow Daily Times decided to bring in a reporter that has a fresh pair of eyes.

Sarah Rose is a staff writer for the Glasgow Daily Times. She can be contacted by e-mail at srose@glasgowdailytimes.com.

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