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February 16, 2014

Scott Underwood: THB brings you better news report

I hope you’ve noticed a recent upgrade in the quality and quantity of news reporting in The Herald Bulletin.

We’ve always striven to provide a comprehensive news report, but our success has, admittedly, had some valleys. These variations have been driven, in large part, by the experience and productivity of our reporters. And, during periods when reporting positions are open, we’ve had to work extra hard to produce a quality news product.

Several months ago, when two part-time positions opened up in the newsroom, we were able to create a full-time news reporting spot to increase our roster of news writers to five.

The recent improvement in our news report, as you might guess, owes much to the quality of our current news team. Here’s a little bit about each member of the team:

  • Associate Editor Scott Miley has done a tremendous job of guiding our news coverage. A veteran journalist with an outstanding sense of news, Scott is a talented writer and photographer, as well as a top-notch writing coach. He can be reached at scott.miley@heraldbulletin.com or 648-4230.
  • Senior Reporter Ken de la Bastide, who covers city and county government, is a master at source networking and mining government information. Ken returned to us late in 2013 after several years as a reporter in Kokomo. Reach him at ken.delabastide@heraldbulletin.com or 640-4863.
  • A former reporter at the Indianapolis Star, Stu Hirsch is a thoughtful, seasoned journalist who recently took on a new beat — education. Stu is seeking story ideas related to local schools and trends in education. Contact him at stu.hirsch@heraldbulletin.com or 640-4861.
  • Business reporter Traci Moyer, a versatile and creative writer, has worked at several Indiana newspapers, including the Kokomo Tribune and the Greenfield Daily Reporter. Among Traci’s many responsibilities, she writes for the Sunday Business section. Contact her at traci.moyer@heraldbulletin.com or 648-4250.
  • Jack Molitor covers public safety — cops, courts and fires. Jack, a Texas A&M graduate, is a talented writer who has responded well to his first full-time gig as a newspaper journalist, producing several special in-depth reports over the past year. He can be reached at jack.molitor@heraldbulletin.com or 640-4883.
  • Zach Osowski is off to an excellent start in his career as a newspaper journalist, thanks to strong training at Franklin College, which has one of the best journalism programs in the state. Zach covers cities and towns in the Madison County area and is always looking for story ideas. Contact him at zach.osowski@heraldbulletin.com or 640-4847.

These folks work diligently to bring you the most interesting and important news from the Madison County area daily. If you have suggestions for articles or inside information to share, please don’t hesitate to contact them or me.

Scott Underwood’s column appears Mondays. Like him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter @THBeditor. Contact him at scott.underwood@heraldbulletin.com or 640-4845.

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