Candy Allan: Until I see you later

At one point in my life, I thought I’d retire from the Pioneer newspaper. Funny how life is what happens when you’re making other plans, right?

After 20 years with the paper, I’m leaving to take advantage of an opportunity that was just too good to pass up.

It’s long been a tradition at the paper for editorial department folks to pen a goodbye column when they leave and move on to other things. I’ve edited my fair share of them, as so many of my former colleagues have gone on to move up in the profession, whatever that may mean for them — an editorship, a larger paper, working in a metro area — we all have our definition of success.

In true journalistic fashion (which for the uninitiated means procrastinating until you have a looming deadline and then writing like crazy) I’ve put off assembling mine until the last day I worked here.

How do you sum up 20 years? It’s not the years, it’s the people and stories I’ve been privileged to tell that are hard to leave behind. People both inside the newsroom and outside in the community have impacted my life and made it so much richer. Thank you to each and every one of you.

True, people have also made my life difficult from time to time. Any reporter of a decent tenure in the business will have been yelled at by people for slanting a story — often, both sides of the same story will call to tell you that you’ve irreparably tilted the community against their view. That’s how you know you probably got the balance right.

While there have been lots of changes in 20 years, from the technology and software used to create the paper to the people and efforts occurring in the community, there are constants. The people inside the newsroom are trying to give readers a good paper and people in the community are trying to make it a better place.

I’ve had the privilege of working alongside amazing people, some of whom are no longer with us, may they rest in peace. Hopefully, I’ve shared what I’ve learned from them with the people entering the profession.

There’s been a lot of early mornings become late nights as a breaking news story happens when everyone is ready to go home. A lot of late nights have become early mornings as we wait for final election results and rush to write it up for the next day’s edition. To my working family, I’ll miss seeing you every day. Keep in touch — I know you have my number based on the number of times I’ve been called after leaving work for the day!

To the community — thanks for working with me for so long. Please continue to give the newsroom a call or an email when you’re planning something you want to share. All of us here like telling the good news stories much more than the bad news ones.

I’m sure the team here will be happy to hear from you.

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Posted by Candy Allan

Candy is the Pioneer's associate editor. She also coordinates the Family & Friends, Religion and Parenting pages. She can be reached by phone at (231) 592-8386 or by e-mail at callan@pioneergroup.com.

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