A strong news week
Busy is the only way to describe the news week we have
had at the Cornish Times. We have had at least four
stories that could have made a front page lead on any
other given week.
As a lot of people say news is often bad news and sadly
that was the case this week. The funeral of the young
Torpoint Rifleman, Sam Bassett, was held this week.
My colleague Rhianna attended the moving service on
Wednesday morning in Plymouth. Also, a mother died
on the weekend after falling into a river in Hessenford.
It is always difficult following up these news items as
you have to tread so carefully. It is often the case that
relatives and friends want to pay tribute and this is why
we make contact with them. Other times,
understandably, those close to the deceased want time
to grieve and of course you allow them to do that.
The news team has been following the progress of Ollie
Young, the Saltash sailor who was taken in by Iranian
officials after straying into the country’s waters, whilst
sailing. My colleague Drew, has been keeping up-to-
date with his movements and on Wednesday got the
good news that he would be returning to Britain.
Although I am always hungry to keep hold of these
strong stories to look into myself, my job is also about
delegating. Drew has been with us a few months now
and I thought it was time to really challenge him. So I
gave him both the sailor and Hessenford tragedy to
look into alongside his normal work load. It can be
tough handing over a good news item and watching
someone else cover it, but he has done a really fitting
job on both.