“Hello darkness, my old friend
I’ve come to talk with you again.”
— Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel
— U.S. Navy/Getty Images
Typically in the newsroom of a big city newspaper, journalists are making story assignments, writing, editing and taking photographs during the first hours after a big news event — such as the president of the United States dumping 59 cruise missiles into the lap of some foreign country without congressional approval.
Of course there’s nothing typical about these times, and nothing typical about The Shinbone Star either. With few exceptions, we are not first-responders to news events, and although most of our writers and editors have professional experience, we are not a credentialed news organization, don’t have the same access that working journalists have, and don’t have the same mandate.
Still, for most of us when a big story hits, our first inclination is that we ought to be…
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