Adventures of a Small-Town Journalist
Fat Mac, Space Cowboy and the Biorhythm Man are just a few of the many colorful characters you'll meet in Newshound: Adventures of a Small-Town Journalist.
This sometimes poignant and often lighthearted look at news gathering in rural northern Michigan follows a rookie reporter in his search for truth, democracy and a more marketable resume. It examines some of the unusual challenges facing weekly newspaper writers and pokes plenty of good-natured fun at the workings of local society.
We meet cops, robbers, astronauts, bullies, teachers, writers, eccentrics, and a host of everyday heroes and heroines who give unselfishly to their communities and neighbors.
Best of all, we come face-to-face with ourselves in the lives of those whose stories grace these pages.
The stories are based on the experiences of author Mike VanBuren, who for 2 ½ years in the late 1970s and early 1980s worked as a reporter, photographer, and editor at two county-seat weekly newspapers in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula.