During my seven-month layover in local news, I reported on the Wantagh and Seaford communities on Long Island. These two communities are affluent even for Nassau County standards, which is a top-15 County by median income in America.
As a local news reporter, I learned the dynamic of these Nassau County communities and beyond, refined my voice through writing, and even produced a paper on my own (February 15, 2018 edition of the Wantagh and Seaford Heralds) after the company decided to leave a gap between editors.
As grim as it sounds, covering Wantagh and Seaford taught me the nuances and value of obituary writing. Not only have I met some incredible living figures in these communities, but also learned stories of those who died and what they meant to the community.
Also, I had the unique opportunity to get a glimpse into the Boxing community, which will come in handy if, and when, I take a trip to Las Vegas to watch some fights at the MGM Grand.
Besides an all-you-can-eat brunch at Russo’s on the Bay for a New York Boxing Hall of Fame award ceremony, the highlight of my time at the Herald was being a part of a four-person team who took home second place at the Press Club of Long Island awards for Health Reporting through a piece about a nursing shortage.
Unfortunately, due to the state of the local news industry, I could not afford to keep being a full-time reporter with the unique demands that it presents. Still, I am proud of the work that I produced below, as it reflects a stage within my growth as a writer:
Help wanted: Demand for nurses growing as baby boomers retire, age – 2nd Place-winning feature, written by the company’s managing editor, Scott Brinton, with assistance from myself, Brian Stieglitz and Zachary Gottehrer-Cohen.