Farewell to the Focus – thank you Columbia Heights and Mounds View

Sarah Burghardt

After a wonderful year with Sun Newspapers, it’s time for me to say goodbye to the Sun Focus and the Columbia Heights and Mounds View communities.

I started writing for the Focus as a recent college graduate and now, after sitting through hours of council meetings, gathering criminal complaints, snapping photos and filling my notepads, I’ve found a new appreciation for reporters and writers. It’s hard to gain a clear understanding of how much hard work, research and dedication can be put into a 700-word story. That’s not even to mention the amount of effort it takes to condense a giant newsworthy story into a few main points … Oh, and the AP Style, we could never forget about the AP Style.

Anyway, now that my short stint in community journalism is coming to an end, I’m happy to report that I will continue to work in the communications field. I’m so thankful that my job at the newspaper has given me so much writing-focused experience and knowledge. I’ve soaked up every experience here at the Sun Focus and it has gone beyond any lesson that can be taught in j-school.

Although the thought of normal hours and freed up nights and weekends will be an incredibly appealing perk of my career change, I will truly miss making connections and building relationships with community members in the cities I’ve covered. To all those that I’ve gotten to know so well over the last year, I want to take this opportunity to say thank you for being so welcoming and warm to me. You have truly made my job so easy and something I looked forward to every single day.

This job has been so fun-filled and rewarding, but I’m so blessed to be moving on to new challenges and opportunities.

Goodbye for now,
Sarah Burghardt