Feeling Blue In Black And White

I sat down at my dining room table Thursday morning with my toasted waffle, yogurt cup and banana thinking something was missing.

It was my paper.

I was about to get up from my chair, but then I realized there wouldn’t be a newspaper waiting at my front door — not on a Thursday anyway.

My guess is I wasn’t alone; old habits are hard to break.

At the office, my standard phone greeting was blundered. I’d practiced, “Hi, this is Julie at The Globe” only to slip up and say “Daily” Globe as I left a voicemail. It’s sort of like changing jobs and remembering who your current employer is … but then not really.

I’m still at the same desk in the same corner of the newsroom — the place I moved to when the darkroom was transformed into a storage closet a decade ago. The darkroom was lost to progress. Photographers went from developing film to having it processed by a local business, to downloading digital images from SD and Compact Flash cards.

Consider it automation in our industry.

How times have changed in my 24 years in newspapers. I once worked for the twice-a-week Redwood Falls Gazette. Back then, we hadn’t yet heard of the Internet or social media. We typed our stories on ancient Macs (the type was orange!), ran sheets of paper through wax machines and pasted our stories on pages as though they were puzzle pieces.

That twice-a-week newspaper delivered the news its readers wanted and needed. The same held true when I went to the weekly Wabasso Standard. It was simply expected when I joined my hometown newspaper, the Daily Globe, in 2003.

With support of our readers and advertisers, I don’t see our role changing. Perhaps I’m the one wearing rose-colored glasses. After all, I still prefer actual newspapers and books to computer screens and Kindles.

Since the Globe made its announcement to reduce its printed product (we’re still 24-7 online), I’ve heard a lot of comments, some hurtful and some hate-filled. Many more people have offered their support and encouragement. I wish I could let the positive drown out the negative, but that’s always been my struggle.

Does the decision make you angry? I get it. I was there. Anger is one of the first stages of grief — a grief that comes with loss. The reduction from a daily to a twice-a-week print edition is a loss felt not only among employees, but among our entire readership.

Speaking with my heart, I’m somewhere between depression and acceptance.

Times change. We don’t have to like it, but it happens anyway, and we deal with it.

At The Globe, we’re dealing with it by continuing to bring you the local news — hometown news by a hometown newspaper. Continue to pitch us your story ideas, let us deliver your advertising messages and expect us to remain your respected local news source.

2 Responses

  1. Sue G

    well thought out and written Julie…. change is always so hard… I remember when you left our Wabasso Standard your talents and professionalism was so missed !! The Change was hard but as you know it went on not the same but every effort to continue was there.
    I have thought many times when one door closes another door opens… Maybe this is that door – opportunity to continue your talents and the thought of writing a book ?? One doesnt know but all things are possible
    Hugs Julie it will be ok … handing it over to our Lord the one who knows the path that has been chosen for you ❤ Have Faith….

    1. Julie Buntjer

      Thanks, Sue, for your support. In time I will get used to the new routine alongside my coworkers. We still have important work to do.

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