I can remember a time when I thought it would take forever for me to be as old as I am now. I don’t necessarily wish I could have those days back, but I do find those memories coming to mind more often lately.
Fifteen years ago, I was a Trigg County High School graduate with little-to-no idea of what I wanted to do with my life. A year after that, I was gaining my first experience as a sports reporter for this newspaper.
Sometimes, all you need is a foot in the door.
I’m happy to now be in a position to provide similar opportunities for potential future reporters, especially considering the ever-changing outlook for the future of our industry.
Kullen Garner will begin his senior year at TCHS in August. A couple weeks ago, Kullen sat in my office and we discussed his interest in journalism, particularly in covering sports. This summer, I plan on publishing some of his thoughts on the sports world in this section of The Cadiz Record. I’ll also try to send him on the trail of some local interest stories.
The first thing I told Kullen – and would tell any other young person interested in a future in journalism – is to be careful. The media landscape is significantly different now than it was when I covered my first Wildcat football game in 1999.
Still, whether it’s in print or in some digital format, there will always be a home – and a need – for the kind of work we do here. So my warning, so to speak, isn’t meant to dissuade anyone interested in journalism as a career. It’s simply a “heads up” that I wish I’d been given back then.
Of course, if there’d been more people in our business who were better prepared for what was to come, maybe things would be different in an entirely new way.
Anyway, we’ll get started with Kullen’s first article next week. For those who might not know, Kullen serves as the leader of the Black Hole student cheering section at Wildcat sporting events. He has a great passion for sports, and for Trigg sports in particular.
Trigg’s new boys basketball coach Payton Croft, previously an assistant coach at Hopkinsville, said the Black Hole was the best cheering section at this year’s 2nd Region tournament.
I expect that passion will shine through in Kullen’s work for The Cadiz Record.
Justin McGill is general manager of The Cadiz Record and can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.