EDITOR’S DESK: We enjoy our jobs when the news becomes 'more'

Published: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 04:05 PM.

Throughout my seven years in local news, one sentence has been a constant, whether I’m in Alabama, my old home, or Florida, my new one.

“That’s why we do what we do.”

Coincidentally, it’s Volunteers of America’s slogan, paraphrased, but the sentiment is genuine.

It typically doesn’t come with general government or crime reporting, or with hotly debated issues — the kinds of stories many readers assume we live for.

Granted, reporting on those issues occasionally elicits positive feedback that unifies the community. And we do enjoy reporting on board meetings for public service.

However, all the publishers, editors, reporters and page designers I’ve worked with said the same sentence when news reflected the community, or a member of it, in a way that compelled readers to give back.

We said it when the news didn’t end with the printed page or web post, and somehow, took on a life of its own.

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