Time for a change

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By Zac Oakes


I’ve spent my entire adult career in journalism, beginning work in this field just a few months after my 18th birthday. I was a wide-eyed high school senior who took on the task of taking some photos and writing up recaps of local baseball and softball games for my hometown newspaper, which I had grown up reading. 

It was a cool part-time job to earn a little extra money and I’ve always been a sports fan, so it worked out pretty well. Little did I know that would lead to a full-time summer job, a decision to major in journalism, a part-time job while in school and ultimately my career path thus far. 

Needless to say, journalism has made a significant impact in my life and I still have a special place for it in my heart. I believe strong local journalism has a major role in the fabric of a community and I hope it stays that way for years to come. 

With all that said, I believe sometimes we are called to change our career paths, and after much prayer and self-examination, I believe that time has come for me. 

I’m going to be stepping away from my job here as a reporter at the CKNJ to pursue a career in public relations working for The Isaiah House in Willisburg. 

That decision did not come easy. I’ve spent a lot of time praying and deliberating over this move, and I can honestly say that I feel like this is the direction God is moving me in. 

For months, I have had this feeling that God was calling me to another career path, and for a while, I wondered what that meant for me. I feel like this is the right move for me, and I am excited for this transition. 

The Isaiah House does incredible work in transforming the lives of men and women by overcoming their addictions and preparing them for life as a new person. I’m excited to have a small role in being a part of this organization and hopefully play a small role in making a difference for someone along the way. 

That excitement does not mean that I will not be at least a little sad to be leaving the CKNJ. Since jumping on board here about two years ago, many of you have treated me like a life-long friend. 

I can’t express my appreciation enough for each of you. 

To the city and county government officials, our local school administrators and school board members, and other local officials: I want to give a sincere thank you. You didn’t have to be welcoming to a new reporter at the local newspaper, but you have and I’ve enjoyed working with you over the last couple years. I sincerely believe you all do great work for the community. 

To the business and civic leaders of the community: Thank you for welcoming me to the Chamber of Commerce. The business community in Campbellsville/Taylor County is tight-knit and helps make this community what it is. 

To our readers: I’m sure we didn’t agree all the time on everything. That’s certainly fine. Healthy debate and discussion is important. I know many of you would reach out to me and comment on some of the columns I wrote, and I enjoyed the back and forth discussion on whatever the topic was. Hopefully we mutually challenged each other to look at issues from a different perspective. 

I hope I was able to fulfill my job duties in providing news to the community and presented ideas in such a way that maybe we didn’t always agree, but you could at least understand where I was coming from. 

There are way too many people to thank, so I once again just want to express my appreciation to all the people I’ve worked with during my time at the CKNJ. Thank you for working with me and supporting the CKNJ. 

The CKNJ has been an integral part of this community for more than a century and while the landscape for local newspapers continues to shift, I have no doubt it will continue to be a staple in Campbellsville-Taylor County for the foreseeable future. 

I believe a bright future lies ahead for Campbellsville and Taylor County, and hopefully you still see me around some places moving forward. 

Thanks for allowing me to serve as a reporter at your local newspaper—I’ll still be around here for a little while longer— and God bless each and every one of you.