April 29, 2014

My Point Is: ‘Carrie’ on, newsroom staff

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — A lifetime can be broken down into many different phases, with each part holding its own special memories and its own special people. Many of us find that we often look to our co-workers as family.

The newsroom at the Sentinel-Echo is no different. Due to the diversity of the subjects we cover and the nature of specific events, conversations in the newsroom can become quite interesting - to say the least. 

It is this close working environment that makes us a team, with each individual contributing in their own way. We have no ‘glory grabbing’ between the reporters and the only ‘competition’ between the reporters here is done in a healthy, joking manner.

Most of that spirit of cooperation can be credited to our managing editor, Carrie Dillard. During her tenure here, there has never been any differences made between one reporter or another. She is organized, efficient and understanding, clearly aware of the fine line between news and sensationalism and always willing to explain her viewpoint if we have questions.

Despite her young age, she can deal with anyone at any level of status, age, and emotional condition - although I must admit I have pushed her toward her limit a few times! Carrie never shirked in helping do stories for special sections or special series, although she had to do double duty by also laying out those sections. Never did she complain. When we panicked, she offered consolation and support although she herself might be overwhelmed. But we never knew it.

When Carrie announced to us that she was leaving for another job opportunity last week, it was devastating news. We think of Carrie as part of our family and we wanted her to stay forever.

But the talent and personality she has displayed in her three and a half years here, we knew, would take her to greater things. We just didn’t want it to happen so soon.

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