So, as some of you may or may not know, I work for a daily newspaper’s website. My job usually consists of positioning stories in various places on the website, building things (like galleries and the occasional quiz), and handling some light editing duties from time to time.
I wasn’t always that guy. For years I edited a weekly newspaper (and yes it could be quaint and myopic in coverage and at times poorly edited, but I was still very proud of the work we did). Before that I was a reporter for the same weekly.
I rarely get to run out and cover a story, or do it all anymore. With the web job I’m usually chained to a desk, working through lists of suggestions and things to do, and keeping the site fresh.
So, it was sort of exciting yesterday as I was heading to go for a walk downtown on a break that the copy desk saw a plumb of smoke hanging in the air near a downtown building. I know, it sounds morbid, excited about a possible building fire, but it does get your blood pumping none-the-less.
Anyway, I ran down to the scene where I spoke to a firefighter, snatched some pictures, and ran back to the office to post a news update for online.
Turned out the hubbub was over grease catching fire in some ductwork in a local restaurant. No real damage and things were back to normal pretty quickly.
Still, a different way to get a photo of the day. And fun to remember what it’s like to chase down a possible story.