Yesterday, I lied to a Missourian reporter.
I didn’t mean to; it certainly wasn’t intentional or malicious, nor was I trying to wiggle out of any wrongdoing.
Anyone who knows me knows I’m honest to a fault and the first to confess mistakes.
Once, when I was in high school, I tried to sneak out one night. Of course, the minute I was out the window, it dawned on me that I lived on a farm in Doolittle and hadn’t made any arrangements for, you know, someone to come and pick me up to actually go somewhere. I guess I could have hung out with the goats for a while, but instead I grabbed the hidden key, walked in the front door and went straight to my parents’ bedroom to confess. Mom thought it was hilarious, which was worse than any punishment.
But back to the Missourian.
I submitted my first From Readers story yesterday (more on that in a minute). Megan Betcher, a senior at MU, emailed to make sure I wanted to be described as “a former reporter and current story specialist/strategist at Stephens College.”
“Do you mind lopping off the former reporter part and just referring to me as a story specialist/strategist at Stephens,” I asked, explaining that “I’ve tried very hard to detach myself from reporting.”
Um. No I haven’t.
A minute after I hit “send” I felt like that 16 year old in Doolittle without a driver’s license trying to sneak out.
What I meant, really, was that in the community, I would prefer to be known as “that story strategist something-or-other at Stephens” rather than “that former reporter.”
But I’m not sure why I phrased it that way because I haven’t detached myself from reporting at all. In fact, I might just double as a freelance reporter now that I’ve learned more about the Missourian’s From Readers section.
Anyway, I started to write Megan back and confess my mistake but I figured it just would have confused the whole situation. But I also didn’t want that lie hanging out there in cyberspace, either. So, Megan, if you happen upon this blog entry, consider this a public apology and clarification.
And I’m extremely appreciative of the Missourian allowing me to contribute to the From Readers section.
In fact, I asked Joy Mayer, managing editor of the section, how many times a week she would let me contribute.
They’ve never had a need to set a submission limit, she replied.
As soon as I read that, I rushed down the hall into Sarah Berghorn’s office and breathlessly proclaimed the Missourian is going to let me submit stories to From Readers like ALL THE TIME. Then I ran back into my office and sent Joy an email saying: “Challenge accepted.”
I’ve gotta be honest, it’s going to be really hard to not send them stories about the awesome things happening at Stephens every single day, but I’m going to try to be strategic about this.
But if you haven’t been regularly checking the Missourian’s website for From Readers stories and you want to see more of the wonderful things happening at Stephens in the news, put it on your list of daily web visits.
And, Joy, I’m sending another From Readers story your way.
What, you think I’m lying?