|To the Editor: Miller guided journalism interns|
|Written by Zach Herman & Adam Wright|
|Wednesday, 22 May 2013 08:09|
Much has been said in recent days about the contributions David Miller made to Wood County during his 33 years as editor of the Sentinel-Tribune. ("Miller an advocate for the voiceless," May 20.)
This praise is richly deserved. It's also ubiquitous. Anyone who has borrowed a book from the county library or cared for a person with developmental disabilities can testify to the tremendous legacy of community activism that Dave leaves behind.
Lesser known, but also worthy of notice, is the impact Dave made on young reporters.
We studied at Bowling Green State University and were hired as interns at the Sentinel; Dave was our first real boss in journalism.
He took it upon himself to be a mentor to each of us, giving us just enough of whatever we needed so that we could one day traverse the choppy waters of journalism on our own.
As young reporters who didn't know any better, we sometimes mistook Dave's reticence for disapproval. In truth, he was a wonderful example--tough but smart, demanding but fair, and unfailingly gracious in spite of our rookie mistakes.
Many years later, former Sentinel interns have staked out careers across the country. Some of us still work in daily newspapers; others have taken different paths. What we share are the lessons we learned at BGSU and in the Sentinel newsroom, thanks in no small part to David Miller.
Zach Herman, Boston
Adam Wright, Cleveland
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