Connecting the community through storytelling

By Chris Slone -

It’s no secret I’m a fan of human interest stories. I would also like to think I’m fairly decent at writing them. There’s an art behind writing features. You can almost call it creative writing — in the non-fiction realm.

I enjoy listening to stories. Maybe I should have went camping a little more often so I could have sat around the fire, roasting marshmallows and listening until my heart was content.

OK, I’m probably not that bad — I do have a life — but you get the point.

When someone shares a story with me, I get to tell their story through my eyes. Translation? I get to take everything I just learned and I’m afforded the opportunity to tell the world a new story in my own words.

Over the years, I’m thankful for the stories I’ve been able to share with our readers and as editor, I always encourage my reporters to find the human interests stories in the community.

I recently wrote a human interest story on a young lady who has had cystic fibrous since she was 4. She had a double-lung transplant as a result.

I decided to write that story on a whim, meaning I saw an email, read it and was touched. There is no other explanation than that.

Two days after that story was published, I received a voicemail from a lady who had been trying to contact Samantha Jameson — the young lady with CF — to speak at an Alpha1 event in Wheelersburg. She had exhausted all options and had not been able to reach Jameson. However, after reading my articles, she reached out to me.

I wasn’t sure if Jameson would agree to speak or not, but I was certainly going to ask her. I texted her later that night and Jameson called the woman. Around 9:30, Jameson texted me and said she agreed to speak at their next event.

The Daily Times is more than just a local paper. We are about connecting people. We care about community involvement. We simply care about the community.

There are always stories to tell. We encourage the community to send us your stories. You never know when we might want to write about it. If you have an idea you think might make a great story, send it to Remember, the only stupid idea you’re going to have is the one you don’t share.

We are all in this together. Let’s get creative and share our stories with the world.

By Chris Slone

Reach Chris Slone at 740-353-3101, ext 1927, or on Twitter @crslone.

Reach Chris Slone at 740-353-3101, ext 1927, or on Twitter @crslone.