Happy New Year!
Not only is it a new year, it is also another trip around the sun for me with the Life on Capitol Hill and Washington Park Profile. I started the job of producing these two monthly publications in January 2020, so this month marks my two-year anniversary.
It has been a great couple of years. I’ve enjoyed writing for you, and I’ve especially enjoyed your feedback because it shows how much you truly love your community.
During the national coin shortage in 2020, I wrote a column about struggling to find somewhere to put air in my tires because nowhere had quarters to spare. After the column came out, a reader emailed to let me know of a few spots within the Washington Park Profile’s coverage area that would check and fill tires with air for free. Such great advice, since I’m often out-and-about on assignment.
When I wrote my column about Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month in April 2021, a Life on Capitol Hill reader emailed to let me know she also had a loved one struggling with the disease. (My dad has Parkinson’s.) The column was titled, “Parkinson’s patients are not alone,” so it was heartwarming to be able to connect the reader with my mom.
Sitting down to write the January column is the time of year that I often reflect on the stories I’ve done in the past, but also when I get to look forward to the stories that will come in the new year.
While I have some stories already in the works — or at least in planning — for 2022, I always love to get news tips from readers.
Perhaps you heard of a new business that you would like to know more about, or maybe you run a nonprofit and you’d like to get the word out about an inaugural fundraising event. Perhaps you heard of a neighbor’s philanthropic efforts, and you feel they deserve to be in the limelight. Or maybe you have some insight on a neighborhood issue that you would like to share with your neighbors.
One glory of writing for a hyperlocal monthly is that I get to involve the community with every story I do. So whatever your story may be, send it my way. I can be reached directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-566-4107. I would love to hear from you.
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