Yup, it’s going to be that kind of week

Apr. 22, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

Over the course of my years in news I have grown to understand there are ups and there are downs.

And, like with most things, the downs are really down and the ups are … well, you know.

I can usually tell what kind of week it’s going to be based on the schedule of things to do.

There are some weeks when the schedule is pretty empty and others when you aren’t sure if there will be time to breathe, let alone anything else.

The latter is this week.

Despite the time and preparation, this is the week when I bury my head in front of the computer and put together our 2014 Everything Rutherford section.

This is unlike any other section The Daily Courier produces at any given time.

It contains a ton of local information. That means it takes a lot of time to get right.

I also didn’t do myself any favors by deciding to change it up a little bit from what we’ve done in the past.

It would be very easy to just update what has been in the section every year and call it good but, some months ago, I decided to make it a little different.

At the time, it seemed like a good idea to make the section different than before. However, in retrospect, I could have saved a lot of sweat and suffering had I left well enough alone.

But, what you have to understand is the purpose of these sections is to provide additional information that wouldn’t necessarily be in the regular edition of the paper.

Of course, I could take the easy way out and just slap some things together to make it work, but I try not to operate under that methodology.

Regardless, I know this will be a week of a lot of work. Not that I’m complaining because that certainly isn’t the case.

I just know I’ll be exerting a lot of brain power to put it all together. Feel free to insert the jokes about my limited brain capacity here.

I do have to applaud the staff here at The Daily Courier. From advertising to the news department, a lot of hard work has been put into making this section the best it’s been.

I feel an added sense of pressure because of all that hard work and it takes one design mistake to make that work for naught.

I understand mistakes happen and they happen everyday but that doesn’t change the pressure I put on myself to make this section something Rutherford County can be proud of.

But, before I digress, I have to thank The Daily Courier news team of Garrett Byers, Travis Durkee, Jean Gordon, Erin Kidd and Alyssa Mulliger for their hours of hard work to put Everything Rutherford together. My wife and Jacob Conley pitched in and did a wealth of work. Without them, none of this would be possible.

I’m going to be careful about tossing around too many kudos so I don’t jinx what I have to do before I even start.

In the end, I realize pressure is part of the job and it has to be worked through.

That being said, I do think it is going to be a “fun” week.


Matthew Clark is the editor of The Daily Courier. He can be reached at mclark@thedigitalcourier.com. Follow him on Twitter @TDCMatt.