My husband Jim and I were planning a trip to the 40,000 population hamlet of Parkersburg, WV to visit cousins. My cousin Doug mentioned we’d be in Parkersburg when his Rotary meets. Being a Rotarian, I replied we’d be glad to attend Doug’s Rotary meeting. In fact, I could be a speaker. That’s how I got booked to be the speaker at the August 5, 2013 meeting of the Parkersburg Rotary Club. Brett Dunlap, a reporter from the local newspaper, was at my talk and reported on it.
The next day, the Parkersburg News and Sentinel, ran a story about the need for responsible long-term care planning. Mr. Dunlap took the time to research what he heard.
This story is a good example of what journalism is supposed to be, which is well-researched, non-biased, and without the negative “spin” we so often see in larger publications. It is refreshing to see a reporter who’s allowed to be a journalist.
I’m grateful for this story, which does its readers a true service.