Behind every town, there’s a story. A story that is constantly changing, improving, growing, and never ending. These stories are passed down through generations and generations, relying on word of mouth and the documents we have to verify our information. But what doesn’t always become as familiar as the story itself, were those who documented those stories.
Buck Collier has been a documenter of the Hermann area for two years, starting back in 2014 when he moved to the area after working in New Haven and St. Louis County. “There’s a sense of responsibility when you are in charge of the paper. You have to deliver hard news, as accurately as possible,” Collier said. “You would think that Hermann would be a slower pace than in St. Louis, but in all honesty, it’s not. You work seven days a week no matter where you are. You do get to know the people more here in the smaller towns, however.”
He gave an overview of all that happens during his days at the Courier. From writing articles, to covering the happenings in the town. “At the end of the day, the hardest part of it all is managing people. Everyone has different opinions. A newspaper is unlike anything else.”
Collier ended his interview with giving one last bit of advice to any aspiring writers and journalists. “Read. It’ll help you know as much as you can and will help you get ahead.”