Editorial - Thursday, November, 14: Taking it all on the chin

IT WAS good to get back into the council chambers this week.

As dorky as it sounds, council reporting is one of my favourite jobs and something I miss now in the deputy editor chair.

It's always interesting to see the banter between the councillors and the staff and get an insight into those relationships.

Sitting at the press desk, there are a few things you can expect and usually that includes a few thinly veiled swipes (or even completely open swipes).

When I started out council reporting I was never sure how to take it, where to look or what to do - as observers in council meetings we are not allowed to pipe up and defend ourselves or the paper.

But as time went by I realised I didn't need to do anything. Just as the councillors have to cop it when we write about what is going on with our elected officials, it's better to take it on the chin and move on.

At the end of the day there is always going to be that bit of argy-bargy between councils and newspapers - we have the common goal of working for the community but we don't always have the same views on the best way to do that.

The test of a good working relationship isn't always agreeing and getting along, it's getting along once the business is over and done with, and so far I have shared a laugh or two with most of our elected officials. I hope this continues.

Stay tuned for tomorrow's edition of The Daily Examiner to catch up on some council news.

I will say that my suggestion for lollies at the press desk was well received - which pleased me - but I will be sure to declare them as gifts, don't worry about that.

Shannon Newley



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