Timber tab goes to press in a triumph for Silliman
A 97-year-old man who lived the life of a logger and continues to cut timber.
A ghost town named by a classicist.
Pioneers dancing on the beach of the largest logging camp in the world.
Conflict between loggers, mills.
These are the most interesting stories I worked on for this project are now up at the documents site. The piece—a 20 page annual insert that is a salute to the timber industry that settled this area and a real money tree for the paper—went to print today and hits the streets Sunday.
I wrote all but three of the stories this year and those I oversaw. I worked by myself, doing three and a half weeks of research and writing, with almost no editorial oversight. I was given an idea and turned loose. I was worried about this at times—What if they didn’t like my interpretation of the idea? What if they had to scrap everything at the last minute or put in major rewrites?—but it was a roaring success
My editor loved it. His editor and the published loved it. The newsroom gather around the project to look at the historical photos I had gathered and asked questions. I pulled through again, fulfilling the trust (some of it crazy?) that was placed in my prowess as a reporter.
Of course, this thing is just for advertising, but maybe someone will actually read it and it is one major clip.