Wow. That went by fast.
This morning when I walked into the offices of the Yakima Herald-Republic and fired up my laptop — it hit me. The first time I had done that same routine was exactly one year ago. July 15, 2013.
Now it’s one year later, and looking back I have loved every minute of this job — even the minutes I grumble about to the many friends I have made in the office.
This isn’t as much a Tip of the Week, or post about a missed frame — this is a thank you. I never would have though that in my first year here at the Herald-Republic that I would have assimilated so quickly into this environment. I was lucky enough to be given amazing tools, assistance and guidance from so many people which have completely changed how I work as a journalist.
I also get to share this special day with our education reporter Rafael Guerrero, who probably looked just as confused that first day as I did.
This year I have been able to grow my photo skills from “he at least knows what he’s kinda doing” to “at least we can trust him to get a runnable shot” — my words, no one else’s.
I’ve also been able to continue to grow my passion of video production — especially in the world of sports. Producing 370 videos in my first year seems pretty insane, and although some are very simple and others quite complex (First Pitch, Our Valley: The Place We Call Home) — I am just as happy with one as I am with them all.
I’m also in a position where I get to work closely with so many talented reporters — in both helping them learn what I do, and also teaming with them on projects.
I also get to learn from four of the best photographers I’ve ever had a chance to work with. Gordon King, Andy Sawyer, Kaitlyn Bernauer and Mason Trinca have been amazing in helping me get better at the art form they’re so darn good at. I’m very thankful for their assistance and patience.
I could literally name everyone in the offices at the Herald-Republic and how they’ve helped me grow in my first year — but I want to keep this thing readable. From my desk-mate Mark Morey, to the duo of David and Kyle. From the amazing sports staff (seriously though — those guys are good) to Jane Gargas — thank you.
EDIT: And I can’t forget my esteemed, compassionate, dedicated (until he left) and all around awesome friend, mentor and most trusted manager Dann Miller.
I look forward to what the future holds here at the Yakima Herald-Republic.