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Allow me - to tell your story

by Unity Klazen
07 Mar 2007
Peoples Post
Peoples Post

After being "let off the hook" by former People's Post Lansdowne reporter Lavern de Vries, after two weeks, I find myself writing my first column.


And for the first time in yonks, I find myself at a loss for words. Well, not really at a loss, but not knowing how I want to put across everything I have thought of writing.

So I'm starting with something very basic and practical, my first two weeks here.

As some of you might have read in last week's edition, I'm the new kid on the block. I've been given the (initially daunting) task of being assigned to a specific area, one which was not even fairly familiar to me up until very recently.

The first day or two I felt a bit out of place, as it was all new to me, but luckily I had Lavern, "the Lansdowne darling" - as some residents put it - to show me around.

Since then, I'm quite proud to say, I've sort of almost found my feet. By "sort of almost" I mean my sense of direction has improved and I haven't got myself lost so far. The only predicament I found myself in last week was determining what the real story is, why people are interested in it or whether it's their platform for their 15 seconds of fame.

Take last week for example. While covering a story, I was greeted by an elderly woman who had the weirdest request. She was bitten by a gecko on her foot at the old age home, and she thought this a good story. Apparently she could list how many other people could tell me their stories about similar incidents. Not really knowing how to let her down gently, I scribbled her number in my notebook and said I would follow up.

Let's be honest, everyone wants to be somebody one day and everyone has their ways and means of getting ahead. I've had to deal with some strange people along the way, but deep down I believe everyone has a story to tell. Whether it's real, made up or half made up has to be decided, but if its your story I'm inviting you to tell it through me.

Even if, like the woman with the gecko, it isn't "investigated", at least she felt better after speaking to me.

Two colleagues have told me about the first columns they wrote, about how they are there for the community. They say they didn't really realise that what they said then, they are doing well now - serving the community.

And that, my friends, without wanting to sound like a cliché, is what I'm here for. This is your newspaper, and without your stories it would not be possible to print it.

I'm really looking forward to the people I'm about to meet and places I'about to go. And to all those who have already welcomed me, thank you very much. To me it's a whole new world, one I'm excited to embark on.

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