Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

January 4, 2013

New staff member looks forward to meeting community

Nicole Dominique
Effingham Daily News

EFFINGHAM —     For a girl from Michigan, things sure are different around here.

    I speak a little differently, call carbonated beverages “pop” and have to get a new driver’s license.

    But I’m eager to learn about my new community.

    I’m from Blissfield, a village of 3,300 in southeast Michigan about six hours from here. I enjoy country music, adventures, reading and competitive games of all kinds.

    I have always loved to write poetry and short stories; journalism has been a more recent discovery, but I developed a passion and ran with it.

    My bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University is in English, but I took lots of psychology and leadership classes too. I really enjoy learning about the inner workings of a person, which probably contributes to my interest in reporting.

    Newspaper writing has taught me more about the ins and outs of a community than I could have hoped to learn on my own time. From meetings and events to fatal accidents and features — every day on the job has been an opportunity to educate myself and others, and I always try to get the most out of those experiences.

    Now I’m ready to find out what makes Effingham tick.

    I look forward to meeting with readers, individuals and organizations and telling their stories.

    It’s going to take a while for me to adjust to southern Illinois, but I’m excited to see what’s in store for me here.