Let me let you in on a little secret: I’m a journalist who still has anxiety about making phone calls. Granted, it’s gotten better since my first phone call as a freshman at Western Kentucky University, where I would sit and prep myself for 30 minutes before talking to a person who would probably forget our phone conversation 30 minutes later.
And granted, I still prefer face-to-face interviews. Someone who may sound harsh on the phone may simply be a happy-go-lucky person with a raspy voice, which one can only discern from in-person contact.
And, granted, there are still times that I sound partially idiotic in person too. The other day, a woman I was interviewing in a shop said “Hi, Lindsay” when I came in, to which I responded “I’m fine!”
And from what I learned in that interaction is what I learned about the citizens of Todd County: that they don’t care if you mess up, if you stumble a bit in your questioning a bit, if you take 10 seconds to type down what they’re saying over the phone. Because the people of Todd County are there to help you out, and are some of the kindest people I’ve come across in the state of Kentucky. What they say about Southern Hospitality is definitely true in this county, and I’m glad to say that it’s almost been like a second home here for the past three months. I may not be a small-town girl, but I love the small-town crowd.
However, as my editor Ryan Craig told me, just because it’s a small town doesn’t mean I wouldn’t have many assignments, and he was right about this probably being my busiest summer out of the three summer internships I’ve had with KPA. I covered a Meth trial, a small plane crash (don’t worry, no casualties) and plenty of city council meetings to be satisfied for the near future in my clips. And I’ll miss those I work with so much, from Ms. Jo Tribble in the front and her Christian radio and peanut butter ice cream, to Tonya and her son, Jacob, to my boss and his awesome wife and kids. Luckily this won’t be the last time I see all of them, and even if it was, I don’t regret any bit of my time here at the Todd County Standard.