Talking the Twin Cities talk
STERLING – A member of the Sterling Kiwanis Club called me not too long ago to ask me if I would speak to his group.
He had been reading my Monday column, Twin Cities Talk, and wanted to know a little bit more about it. He was curious about how I develop ideas for the column and what it's like to report on Sterling and Rock Falls.
I was excited for the opportunity, and got to address the group Tuesday morning at CGH's Ryberg Auditorium.
To begin with, I spoke briefly about how the idea for the column developed and its main purpose. I gave some examples of how I've used it and what I hope to accomplish.
Afterward, there were some great questions about how we at Sauk Valley Media determine coverage, and a discussion on the future of print media.
I was asked if my goal with Twin Cities Talk, aimed at both Sterling and Rock Falls issues, was to bring unity to the community.
It was a good question. It is one of my goals. As I said during the presentation, only a bridge separates the two communities.
Similarly, by alternating my "office hours" between the Twin Cities, I want people to know I am the reporter for both towns and don't favor one over the other.
As for the future of print media, I told the group that there always will be a need for skilled writers to gather and present the news to readers. As a local newspaper, I believe we provide a valuable source of information on what's happening in our communities.
I'm really glad I was invited to speak. I always like talking about the column and my passion for the cities of Sterling and Rock Falls and their potential for future development. It really is an exciting time for residents in the area.
To the members of the club, thank you for the chance to get to know some of you better, and thanks for reading.
Sauk Valley Media reporter Kiran Sood covers government and happenings in Sterling and Rock Falls. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 800-798-4085, ext. 529.