John Wilson: The Kind Of Reporter I'm Looking For

Sunday, April 11, 2021 - by John Wilson, Publisher Chattanoogan.com

I am looking for someone who says sure I can cover that and thanks for the opportunity (there are so few reporting positions available nowadays and it will keep going down).

We may have a day with hardly any stories and one with five or six morning and evening.

What I am really looking for is someone who enjoys this a lot and their main interest is the rare and wonderful opportunity of being able to write for a surprisingly large daily audience, to create and to continually improve as a wordsmith, not to be tied down to a desk job and a clock on the wall (try working at - fill in the blank corporation - for a week), to be able to go to the most interesting places where the action is that day, to scoop the other media, to be able to write stories that uncover wrongdoing and help set things right, to write a story that is "right down the middle" and gives no hint to the reader which side or political party you might personally favor, to write warm feature articles about wonderful talented people and make their day as well as that of their mama and daddy and grandpa, and be a vital part of an exciting unique online only newspaper that has survived for 21 years and is somehow able to cover the costs of many employees with a "free" model and is a pacesetter for other similar ventures across the country as the print era rapidly fades out. 

John Wilson

(P.S. I am blessed with a full stable of just such reporters right now, but if I have to start looking again, this will be the mantra.)

 


Weekly Road Construction Report

Tennessee Highway Patrol Announces Annual Memorial Service

CDOT Announces Scenic Highway Closure Thursday Afternoon


Here is the weekly road construction report for District 29: BRADLEY COUNTY SR-2 (S. LEE HWY.) Utility Work northbound from LM 8.21 to LM 8.44: Lane closures between Grove Ave NW and Harrison ... (click for more)

The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security will honor state troopers and other law enforcement officers who were killed in the line of duty at the Tennessee Highway Patrol’s annual ... (click for more)

The Chattanooga Department of Transportation announces Scenic Highway between Cummings Highway and Old Wauhatchie Pike will close today at 1:30 p.m. for one hour. The City of Chattanooga Forestry ... (click for more)



Happenings

Weekly Road Construction Report

Here is the weekly road construction report for District 29: BRADLEY COUNTY SR-2 (S. LEE HWY.) Utility Work northbound from LM 8.21 to LM 8.44: Lane closures between Grove Ave NW and Harrison Pike. Signage, flaggers, and cones will be present. Motorists should use caution through the area and be aware of personnel and equipment for nighttime and daytime work between 8 PM and ... (click for more)

Tennessee Highway Patrol Announces Annual Memorial Service

The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security will honor state troopers and other law enforcement officers who were killed in the line of duty at the Tennessee Highway Patrol’s annual memorial service 9 a.m. Friday. The service will take place at the TDOSHS in Nashville. Commissioner Jeff Long, Colonel Matt Perry, family and friends of fallen officers will be in ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Parent Group Calls For Mask Mandate In Schools To End Now; Opponent Says Just Wait A Few Days

A group carrying signs and shouting slogans told members of the County School Board on Thursday night they want a school mask mandate to end now. Supt. Bryan Johnson earlier said on June 1 - a couple of weeks away - staff and students are not required to wear masks to ward off the coronavirus. A leader of the protest group said, "That's not good enough. It should be parents' ... (click for more)

2 Killed, 1 Injured In Shooting Wednesday Night On Ridgeside Road

DeQuan Paris, 25, and LaRome Ridley, 20, were killed and a 29-year-old man was injured in a shooting on Ridgeside Road Wednesday evening. The two men who died are brothers. They have two other brothers. Their mother, Amanda Del “Rat” Paris, died last Dec. 3 at age 39. Chattanooga Police responded to the 3600 block of Ridgeside Road on a report of a person shot at approximately ... (click for more)

Opinion

What Is The Price Of Democracy?

Most United States citizens consider ourselves fortunate to live in a modern, mature democracy. We appreciate the great freedoms and abundant material things our democracy affords us. But while we all know the old adage that freedom is not free, neither is democracy. Our system depends on citizens’ being in ultimate control of the government through a written constitution with checks ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: That’s ‘Nonya’ Business

In the Sunday editions of the Chattanooga Times Free Press the editors will often include a feature on “fake news,” or “News That’s Not” but I don’t suspect them to include themselves in the junk report this weekend. The Chattanooga newspaper once again stumbled Thursday when they had an embarrassing lead story on the front page. The headline read, “DA accused of marrying employee, ... (click for more)