Back in the saddle again

Written by Paul Harder / The Observer August 06, 2013 12:29 pm
People say you can’t go home again, but it’s not true. Here I am, headed back to my first real job out of college. The Observer gave me an opportunity after graduating from Eastern Oregon University. Now, a little older and wiser, I get to return to the place where I had many good times. 

People say you can’t go home again, but it’s not true. Here I am, headed back to my first real job out of college. The Observer gave me an opportunity after graduating from Eastern Oregon University. Now, a little older and wiser, I get to return to the place where I had many good times. 

I missed several things about the job. The staff at the paper is amazing. I’m impressed how many people are still here. It shows a great deal of dedication, and maybe a little lunacy. I prefer to look on the bright side. Above all, I missed the interaction with the athletes, coaches and parents while I was away. Thankfully, I’ve had my toe in the water of local sports while I was gone. It’s now time to immerse myself back into the sports community.

The industry has changed so much since I’ve left. Some people would say I’m crazy for coming back. 

That point of view is valid. Some of those industry issues led to me deciding to move on when I did. Now they are bringing me back to the industry I was built for. In my mind, the doom and gloom is over, and those people still in the industry want to thrive in it. It’s an exciting time to be in the print news because things are changing in drastic ways. 

Better put, things are evolving. Change scares people. I’m thriving on it. It’s time to find a way to hold on to a bit of the past while finding a way to embrace the technology of today. 

The main goal is simple. All I want to do is make sure we get back to the reason people make the paper part of their routine like grabbing coffee in the morning. Local sports coverage should revolve around the athletes we’re covering on a daily basis. Think of me as a president because that’s my promise to reform. Although, unlike presidents of the past, I plan to keep my “campaign” promises.

I’m thankful to have an editor like Andrew Cutler to work for, and a publisher like Kari Borgen that share the same vision.

Most of all, I’m just happy to be home.

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