Mike Henneke: Storyteller, creator and observer of life

Some would have you believe that we don’t have time to read anymore, that storytellers should find something else to do. I refuse to believe that. For nearly 30 years, I’ve told stories professionally through newspaper features, blog posts photos, award-winning page designs and videos. Some of my stories are personal, such as essays on saying goodbye to our dog, or the last ride with the man I call my father. Other stories happen unexpectedly, and are so terrible and of such an extreme magnitude, nobody would ever aspire to tell them. That happened to me and the rest of our newsroom on Oct. 1. On that day, a gunman killed nine people at Umpqua Community College near Roseburg, changing our small town forever. Ninety minutes from our print deadline, I coordinated breaking news coverage of the tragedy while helping to get our print edition out. When the names of the victims were released after the shooting, I went to great lengths to design an appropriate page one tribute to go with our story on each victim. Click on the links to the right to see a slideshow of my news page designs or images.

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