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Heimerman: Things are looking up

Yeah, that felt about par for the course this week.

I’d covered the murder trial of Michael G. Kulpin from Monday through Thursday. No small task, and I’m guessing I spent about 20 hours at the courthouse to cover the proceedings.

We’re spoiled that we had a new reporter start Monday. You might have heard Katie Finlon on NPR before this week. My apologies, but she’ll now exclusively be reporting for the Daily Chronicle.

So I did my very best to be available to her and help bring her up to speed.

Friday morning, I woke up feeling somewhat relieved. The trial was over. Things will start resembling something close to normal.

Not so fast, Heimerman.

Katie and our long-standing, award-winning reporter, Drew Zimmerman, were cranking out stories for the weekend and Monday editions Friday morning when we heard that, contrary to what we’d been told by school district officials, students were marching outside the courthouse Friday, a demonstration opposing gun violence and calling for action from legislators.

So I figured, hey, I could use some fresh air, while Drew and Katie are handling all of this, I’ll cover the weather balloon launch at Northern Illinois University. Things went well. I felt relieved. Then, after taking a few photos, I was recording the actual balloon launch when I received a phone call. The incoming call shouldn’t have killed the video I was recording, but it did. So, if you haven’t seen it yet, my video (one of our major emphases is to use more video storytelling), shows NIU assistant professor Victor Gensini about to release the weather balloon, but nothing afterward. That’s where technology betrayed me.

Bummer, yes?

First thought through my mind? Gosh, I can’t wait to get my hands in some soil this weekend. It’s beautiful out. We’re going to finally have a garden again.

I think that’s my defense mechanism – to reconcile my failures with great things I have to look forward to.

The next thought? As a guy who’s young enough to be on the technological cusp, how do I come away with an anticlimactic video?

Deep breath. Forgive yourself, guy. Blame the phone, or the caller (name redacted to protect the innocent).

I have good news, though. Aside from my technological issue, I think we’re as poised as ever to get you the news you want and need – from pressing issues such as results of storms and crimes to stories delving deeper into governmental machinations.

So hang with me. With Katie in the fold, we’re about to put something special together here. In fact, this is the time of the year that news starts to explode.

We’re ready.

• Christopher Heimerman is the editor at the Daily Chronicle. He can be reached at cheimerman@shawmedia.com.

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