“The first time I was here, I was a junior.
I remember thinking, ‘I’m going to go to my grandma’s funeral, but I want to write it myself,'” said the 18-year-old who will graduate next year.
“It took me a while to realize that I’m the person that people are looking for, the one that they need to talk to.”
The Courier Journal’s obituuary section was established in 1791 to fill a growing need for the newspaper’s readership.
But the newspaper is still trying to build a loyal following, and it has not had a woman named the paper’s obituary editor since 1992.
“We’re really trying to fill the void, and to really connect with our audience,” said Courier Journal editor in chief Mike Kallman.
“And we’re going to make sure that we’re always looking for new ways to reach out to new people.”
In Louisville, Kallmann and his staff have been working hard to find the perfect medium for its obituae, as they have in every city they cover.
The paper’s online section now boasts more than 2 million unique visitors per month, and Kallmans team is using social media to reach more people online.
It also launched an app that provides a better way for readers to share their thoughts about the news.
The Courier’s online site has been in constant development.
Now, it offers more than 150 categories, including health, science, entertainment, and business.
There are also a dozen daily print editions, including The Courier-Journal, and the paper is currently updating its print website to incorporate all of its digital content.
But one area the paper hasn’t been able to address for nearly two years is the obit.
“I think it’s one of those things that I think we could never get right,” said Kallmen, who was named interim editor in April of 2017.
“I don’t think we can ever get it right.
We just have to learn from our mistakes.”
Kallman has already begun the process of working on a new section for the paper.
The goal is to make it easier for readers, not only to find information, but also to read the words.
“We’re trying to get to that point where it’s not like, ‘Oh, there’s a section for you to find something,'” he said.
“So I want you to just scroll down and find the word you’re looking for.”
It’s a difficult challenge, but Kallmings team is hopeful that its work will be able to turn the page on some of the challenges facing Louisville’s small community.
The city is one of the poorest in the nation, and there are fewer than 300 residents per square mile.
In Louisville, the average household income is $26,854.
But Kall, who is also president of the Courier’s community group, said his team has already made progress.
“There’s definitely a sense of urgency in our community to do something that makes sense and works for our readers,” he said, “so I think this is a big step toward that.”
Kamloops-based writer John McFarland also wrote the first obit for the Courier-News in 2009, and he said he has a few tips for writing one.
“One thing I always tell people is to write a long, detailed paragraph,” McFarlands said.
It’s important to note that, while he’s known the paper for years, he has not yet written a formal obit in the digital era.
“That’s something that will come with time, but we’re working on it,” he added.
The paper’s staff is also working on an online section for its website.
It will include a search function, a feature that helps readers find the right article.
It is also planning to use an algorithm to determine what information will be included in the news section, such as news stories, quotes, and articles.
Kallmans goal is that he and his team will reach a wide audience by focusing on the most important stories, and by not going into detail about specific people.
“The most important thing for us is that we make sure it’s accessible to everyone,” he emphasized.
“The more people we can reach, the more impact we can have,” Kall said.
In the future, he said the paper will continue to build out its digital offerings.
“Eventually, I want it to be a destination newspaper that people come here for,” he told NBC News.