It's been really a nine-month effort with everyone at work. When our new company MLive Media Group launched, we focused day one on how we would cover the election. We all worked really hard and election night was not stressful like one would image...the only stress was waiting for the results so we could execute our plans.
And now it's over, time to move onto other things before preparing for the next election, or well, the next big story to cover in Kalamazoo. I have three weeks of vacation to take by the end of the year, so hopefully it will provide ample time to read all the books that have accumulated on my Kindle in the past seven months. Also, I'm looking forward to some cooking, running, and doing all the things I haven't for a long time.
This election has been the best experience I've had in my short journalism career. It's kind of bittersweet, too. I realized I wanted to get into journalism after the 2008 election when I was studying the classicists at college. I was tired of being an observer to the elections, to the process, and knew I wanted to be involved in someway. I knew at first it wasn't politics, so why not help people make an informed decision when they vote?
Here's what I would say are the top five stories I've written about the election:
- Kalamazoo County leaning a little more Democratic after Tuesday's election
- Gov. Rick Snyder says Jase Bolger has 'addressed the issue' of Roy Schmidt controversy during campaign stop in Marshall
- What did Howard Wolpe's widow say to Congressman Fred Upton after Tuesday's debate?
- What chance does a Democrat have in winning Fred Upton's 6th Congressional District?
- Jase Bolger election scandal has recast state House race against Democrat Bill Farmer
This was the first time that I've felt like I could write with authority on a subject, and offer more to my readers than just surface coverage. I look forward to doing the same in governing as campaigning.