All the news wasn’t in New Jersey last week

OlympianFebruary 2, 2014 

It’s been quite a couple of weeks, dominated by the amazing sense of team spirit and community as we wait for today’s big game.

At The Olympian, we’ve enjoyed seeing fan photos on our Facebook page, getting out in the community to see how schools are using football in all kinds of activities, and, of course, the in-depth daily reports from our news team covering the Seahawks from New York and New Jersey.

It’s a big effort to send 10 people across the country to cover an event of this magnitude in words and photos, in print and digital media. Some of it is glamorous, such as riding in an elevator with Jesse Jackson or interviewing celebrities, but mostly it’s a lot of hard work and long hours far away from home.

I’ve been happy to have a chance to wear my vintage Seahawks satin coach’s jacket from the ’80s Kingdome days.

All the news wasn’t in New Jersey, though. Here in Thurston County, there were stories that spiked a lot of interest among readers.

A fatal shooting in Lacey was shocking news, and stories about the arrest of five suspects, including two juveniles who fled to Idaho, were followed with interest by readers in print and online.

The announcement of a local business hiring strippers prompted a surge of comments on our stories, mostly from readers upset about the idea, but some supporting the enterprise and even one person who intended to apply for a job.

And, coming full circle with local news and the Seahawks, is the story about a DUI suspect who was accused of leading police on a high-speed chase in his Ferrari. A judge granted the suspect permission to attend the Super Bowl — as long as he wears his ankle bracelet and doesn’t drive.

It’s been a fun stretch for journalists and especially rewarding to be able to engage readers.

In that vein, we’re having an open house Thursday at which all the folks who bring you your Olympian news will be available to meet face to face and answer questions about stories we’ve done — or you think we should do.

News, sports and features reporters, editors, photographers, and advertising staff are eager to meet you. Please come.

And, as always, thanks for reading.

Open House

The Olympian is opening its doors to the public from 4-7 p.m. Thursday so you, our readers, can meet the staff that creates the content for the newspaper and website every day.

Come enjoy refreshments and offer story ideas, feedback and suggestions at The Olympian’s Open House. The newspaper office is at 111 Bethel St. NE, Olympia. For more information, call 360-754-5422.

Jerre Redecker is the senior editor of The Olympian and a Seahawks fan since the first pre-season game. Reach her at 360-754-5422.

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