The privilege of telling your stories

Posted 7/5/19

And just like that, a year has gone by. My first issue of the Washington Park Profile came out in July 2018. In the last year I have covered the South Platte, the food bank at South High School, …

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The privilege of telling your stories

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And just like that, a year has gone by.

My first issue of the Washington Park Profile came out in July 2018. In the last year I have covered the South Platte, the food bank at South High School, housing costs and more. Through this job, I have met so many people doing great things for the south Denver community. I continue to be excited every day to learn new things about these neighborhoods and to provide residents with the news.

I often hear from readers who tell me about new businesses in the community or local construction projects they may be worried about. Though I try to have my ear to the ground as much as possible, I still miss things, and these emails are hugely helpful to me.

I came up with the idea for our Growing Pains series after hearing from residents. In neighborhood meetings and interviews, people have talked about their fears on how a new building will impact their lives. It made me want to look deeper into some of the issues.

Not everything in this paper is about hard news. I want to hear more about the feel-good projects you can't live without. The people in your neighborhood who make you smile just by being there.

I have always considered it a privilege as a writer to share the stories of others. A community is made great by the people who help run it and, luckily for the city of Denver, there is no shortage of people who care. It makes my job just a little bit easier to know there is always something to write about.

But this reflection is also an opportunity for me to reach out to you, the reader. Are we hitting all the news you think we should? My job as the editor is to be out in the community — to meet people, hear their concerns or interests, and then inform others about it.

Feel free to reach out to me with your ideas or concerns. Together, we can continue telling the story of south Denver.

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