I’ve had a number of times where I’ve almost lost focus on the task at hand.
You never know what it’s going to be. It can be a parent, a town official or anyone. you have to be ready for it.
My most recent example comes from a graduation.
Now, let me step back a moment.
Graduation stories are never about being unhappy or “catching” anyone or any district doing anything out of the ordinary. Everything stops that day and it’s all about the graduates, speeches and, God willing, the nice weather. I feel like that goes without saying. There is nothing tricky about them. They are all straight forward and, I think, they’ve been like that since newspapers started covering them, which could be for hundreds of years.
Recently, I had someone approach me, while I was covering a graduation, and tell me to write a positive story.
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