By Chris Johnson
Director of communications
During my 22-plus years in the newspaper business, I learned that there's always more to the story. The more you dig, the more you learn.
Sometimes these are big stories that you dig into. If you keep peeling back the layers of a shady lobbyist's deals with a lawmaker of questionable morals, there will always be more layers. And there will always be more to the story. You can dig forever and never reach bottom. You just have to make the decision to eventually quit digging.
Of course, the same principle applies to positive stories. Charlie Park (whose wonderful radio voice still echoes in my head months after the 2011 Millard Fuller Legacy Build in Minden, La.) sent me a few pictures of a couple from Saginaw, Mich., who came to work this past weekend with the Webster Parish covenant partner he leads.
It didn't take much digging for Charlie and his broadcast journalist background to find out that this couple who decided to make a pit stop for a little volunteer work in Springhill, La., had a connection beyond merely having heard about the wonderful work of The Fuller Center for Housing in a newspaper, on Facebook or from a friend. Charlie learned that John and Debbie Haiderer's son, Mike, participated in our 2011 Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure.
Of course, Charlie found that connection interesting and evidence that the Bicycle Adventure's secondary mission after fundraising -- raising awareness -- is paying off, too. He also sees it as a ripple effect from the Legacy Build, that the spirit from the build is still alive and working.
But, yes, there's more to the story.