IN FOCUS: MUDGEE GUARDIAN JOURNALIST SAM PAINE

IN FOCUS: MUDGEE GUARDIAN JOURNALIST SAM PAINE

LIVING WEST HITS THE ROAD TO SEE WHAT IT IS ABOUT THE CENTRAL WEST THAT ENTICES YOUNG JOURNALISTS TO WRITE FOR OUR RURAL NEWSPAPERS.

Young journalist Sam Paine was raised in Mudgee, and now writes for the local newspaper, the Mudgee Guardian Image: Mudgee Guardian

Young journalist Sam Paine was raised in Mudgee, and now writes for the local newspaper, the Mudgee Guardian
Image: Mudgee Guardian

Simone Norrie & Kelsey Smith

Providing news to tiny local towns like Dunedoo, Cassilis and Capertee is just one reason young journalist Sam Paine believes the Mudgee Guardian is vital to the region – but what is it about rural newspapers that he loves?

“You’re the first person people tell when there’s something happening, and you have a reason to stick your nose in to anything that excites your curiosity,” Mr Paine said.

Born and bred in Mudgee, Mr Paine admits it was not always in his plans to remain in his hometown, but his love for the community and rural news kept calling him back.

“We’re the region’s pre-eminent news source other than hearsay, and people rely on us to keep them informed of the local happenings,” he said.

“Working at the paper keeps you informed and involved enough to meet people and make the most of whatever is happening around the community.”

Along with a strong family history tying Mr Paine to Mudgee, the 29 year old said it is the “warmth” of the country community and the laidback atmosphere that appeals to him.

“Mudgee is very fortunate to possess cosmopolitan advantages such as excellent coffee and food…as well as the peace and quiet of rural life,” he said.

“I think that’s what makes the area unique: the balance between country and cosmopolitan.”

Having worked at the Mudgee Guardian for five and a half years, Mr Paine understands the importance of such a publication to a country area like Mudgee and surrounding towns.

“We connect places like Gulgong, Kandos and Rylstone, and all of the villages in between,” he said.

“Being small though, we are able to provide exposure for smaller groups within the community, for the various organisations and events that operate in the villages of our region.”

The Mudgee Guardian is just one of our regional news outlets here in the Central West that continues to connect the tiny towns across the area, and Mr Paine is amongst a hub of young rural journalists that will keep these newspapers alive.

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