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By Steve Steiner
Executive Editor 

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Last updated 6/3/2020 at 2:32pm

The expression "Rome wasn't built in a day" can be and is applicable in many endeavors, including

It is encouraging knowing that little by little, we are building awareness and excitement within the community. While at this juncture is in no way, shape or form deserving the esteem and endearment in which The Polk County Democrat was held, we are working toward it. Though we are a long ways off from acquiring the status the Democrat earned, deserved and held, it is something I will strive toward approximating.

Of course, it isn't easy running what at this time is a one-person operation, it is why I have turned to others to contribute. One of the new features is a section called "Be Encouraged." Thanks to a warm regard and association with several of the pastors here in Bartow, when I asked Ron Burks of United Community Church if he and others would contribute a weekly column, he immediately set about lining up other pastors. Now they will take turns submitting columns that (it is hoped) will help readers indeed "Be Encouraged," especially in these current times of trials and tribulations.

In small steps we are getting there, with the addition of two members of the community. One of them, Chris Cavanaugh, who has agreed to cover the Polk County Public Schools System. The other is Nathan Register, who currently is a student at Bartow High School. Both of them are novices with little to no prior experience in reporting, but both are eager to learn, just as I am eager to mentor, and despite their relative naivete in journalism, are quickly picking up the style of writing articles.

This is not the first time I have turned to the public for input on a regular basis. When I was the managing editor of the Lincoln Times-News (in Lincolnton, N.C.), I had a positive response in making the paper a truly community-centered paper. Published on a Monday-Wednesday-Friday basis, I was able to attract a person each from the liberal, conservative and libertarian points of view to write a weekly column. I provided the opportunity for people who wanted to review movies, music and other arts. Only the person who wrote movie reviews lasted, the others stopped contributing when they realized this is a discipline. The young man who wrote movie reviews has gone on to make it as a professional. Last I heard, he not only reviews films in print journalism, but also appears on one of the Charlotte, N.C. television stations.

Other reporters I mentored went on to bigger ventures. One of them eventually began his own online publication. Another later became the head of public relations for a large multinational corporations. Would they have made it on their own without me? Definitely. Talent cannot be denied when it is relentlessly pursued, and these people had the drive and initiative. There's a famous quote by Calvin Coolidge: "Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On! has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race."

Now this is not to boast about myself. Rather it is to raise the level I hope to bring to, by turning to the community. Let's truly make this our community newspaper and fulfill our slogan: "Our Home. Our Community. Our Stories."

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Author Bio

Steve Steiner, Executive Editor

Steve came out of a two-year retirement to helm Following a career in journalism/advertising/public relations --- at one point being a partner in an advertising/PR agency --- he shifted professions and focused on food service and hospitality before returning to journalism. As a journalist, rose from reporter to sections editor to managing/executive editor with newspapers in North Carolina, Mississippi and Florida. He is enjoying restoring a quality news site for his adopted hometown. Send him your story ideas.


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