Thursday, August 24, 2006

Silverton Fine Arts Festival II -- Art of the rewrite

So, rumor has it that there was a photo page that when with this story. The Gannett papers really haven't gotten into the whole spirit of the Web yet, so you just get another text-filled story.

At some point, when I get some time, I will post some of the photos just to share.

I know that about two people are looking at this, so I will get to it when I can.

You are both important to me. :)


Sunday, August 20, 2006

Silverton Fine Arts Festival

Saturday was really fun.

I got an e-mail last Thursday night from the editor of the Silverton Appeal. He needed me to cover the Silverton Fine Arts Festival on Saturday, and then write a story by 5 p.m. that same day. This is newspaper work.

So, how it works is Cindy, Violet and I run out to Silverton and walk around the festival -- they just go off on their own and leave me to my interviewing and picture taking.

Then, after I think I have enough for 20 inches -- about 700 words -- we run back home and I write it up before 5 p.m. Good times. Then on Monday I will call the organizers for reactions and then re-write the story and submit the news story with pictures on Monday by 5 p.m.

So expect an update later this week with the second version of the same story. I am also thinking about trying to write a different version for -- interviewing the organizers about tips and tricks for people out of state who visit. That's just a thought, though.

Anyway, you can find Sunday's article here. Make sure you give me good reviews at the bottom of the page -- if they think people like me maybe I can get more work with the Statesman Journal news department.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Learn about the Gorge

I know it's been a bit since I updated the blog -- I haven't had a lot of work that has been online to post. Many of my stories have been for the RV page in the Statesman Journal and they don't put those online.

Starting next week I am going to be doing more news for the Silverton Appeal and Stayton Mail -- and So things should be updated more often.

Oh and today Violet saw a picture of Aunt Jean holding her and said: "Grandma Jean."

Anyway, Aunt Jean, my mom, Violet and I also visited the Columbia River Gorge Discovery Center and I put together an article for You can find it here.

Hope you are having a good summer.


Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Is it desert or dessert?

So you know that week it was 100+ degrees? Yeah, well in true Pat fashion, I had a great idea to go to the high desert. I had a couple of stories for and my aunt and mom wanted to see the places too.

We packed in the car and by the time we got to The Dalles, it was in the mid-90s. Nice. Anyway, here is one of the stories for the International Carousel Museum. The other story I did, The Gorge Discovery Center, I am also working on and should have it posted soon.

Been busy with the Statesman Journal RV Page -- which isn't online -- so sorry for the lack of updates. I think all of four people are reading this, so keep checking as more stories will be updated as they come online.