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BY Donna Okines

Looking for work these days is not an easy thing to deal with. You can get quite depressed when you apply for so many jobs and never get anywhere.

So, when my work provider asked if I would like to work for a new community newspaper in town, called The Situation, I was quite happy to have something to do.

The Situation provides for a Federal Government Work for the Dole activity, by having participants work two days a week interviewing, writing, taking photographs, delivering papers, etc.

Initially, I had no idea what I would be doing when I signed on to participate in The Situation. I thought I would be filing or just helping out with deliveries, etc.

The managing editor of the paper, Michelle Bradley, informed me that I would be writing stories for the paper. I sat dumbfounded for awhile. I am not a journalist, I had no idea what I would write about.

Michelle told me that I could write about anything and that personal stories were always a good read. Once I got started, it became a lot easier and I found myself writing. I have written quite a few stories for the paper now, some are personal stories and others about what is happening around Seymour.

What I love about the paper is that anyone can write for it, even if you don’t think you can. All of us have a great story to tell.

Being at the paper I have done many things I never thought I could. I have done an interview and I have been on the Seymour community radio. Not only has it helped with my confidence, I have also met some great people.

Donna Okines is a participant for The Situation, having been referred by work provider CVGT, a partner with The Situation for the publication of the newspaper.

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