In the journalism industry, sometimes you have to wear multiple hats to go along with the many topics you have to be an expert at. More often than not, it feels like I am the one who takes on the role of historian.
I won’t lie, the shoe fits.
In college, I minored in history rather than the more common political science because the topic is one that has always interested me.
Part of it goes back to a love of storytelling, and when you look at, history is essentially the telling of the longest story that has ever existed.
In the newsroom, I feel like I am often assigned the history-based stories because I have that ability to condense that story into something a bit more compact and succinct. It doesn’t hurt that I have a fondness for war stories.
For an upcoming issue of Grayson Magazine, I was asked to take a look at the found of the city of Sherman, and its history dating back to the founding of Texas itself.
This story was interesting because despite living in Sherman for several years, I had never been given the chance to dig into the history.
During my time writing the city of Denison, I had plenty of time to become versed in it. It didn’t hurt that I have experts like Donna Hunt who could help give context on almost any part of the city’s history.
With Sherman though, I lacked that.
So I spent my weekend rectifying this by taking in as much of the history as I could. I talked to local historians, and checked out just about every book the public library had on Sherman.
While I still don’t consider myself an expert, I certainly know more about the city, and where it all began.
Michael Hutchins is the local government reporter for the Herald Democrat. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.