I’m writing this blog post a little later than usual. The deadline is Thursday at noon. It’s currently Thursday at 7 a.m. Normally, I make sure the blog is done the night before. Unfortunately, this week has just been one of those weeks. Those who work in small news rooms know the feeling. Finely balancing Nome and the region, with breaking news, weekly pieces, and long term stories can seem at times almost superhuman.
And in a region this size, managing that balance can be a job in itself. I recently Googled the square footage of our peninsula on a whim and found out that the Seward Peninsula — whose southern shore we inhabit — is 22,700 square miles; that’s larger than New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island combined.
That’s a lot of land to be responsible for. And at first, it seems daunting. Thankfully, even the Alaskan one-man newsrooms are never truly alone. Unlike most places, Alaska is an incredibly kind and supportive place to be a beginning journalist. I’ve talked with some ridiculously nice and knowledgable people who consistently remind me to be humble.
If you’re interested in hearing about how we do it sans coffee, what our news theme sounds like, and with a help of a killer statewide news network, tune into the audio blog above!
Below, I’ve featured some good (and some poor quality) photos of our KNOM news team in their natural habitat.