Garret Woodward, in Plattsburgh, holding a copy of the Backwoods Bugler.
On the way back, Woodward decided he’d do his own thing.
“Every article is your baby, and when you have cuts because of space, it’s like watching your kid get punched in the face,” he said. “If it didn’t matter, I wouldn’t put it in there in the first place.”
Woodward wants to write stories that retain their freshness a year later. He likes reading stories the reporter is involved in, saying it draws readers in more.
And he finds that often, flawed responses make a story more interesting.
The first issue of the “Backwoods Bugler,” which is available at Koffee Kat and through Facebook at www.facebook.com/BackwoodsBugler, features a bus adventure and interview with the band Lucid. It also includes a meal at a local diner that includes a mouthy owner, a gourmet club meeting in Rouses Point and more.
The next issue, planned for summer, is already working itself out in his head.
“It won’t be easy, but I am willing to put in the grind,” Woodward said.
“Backwoods Bugler” is seasonal, but Woodward would like to eventually make it monthly.
The 27-year-old is going to keep it a one man band for now, but is looking for advertisers, sponsors and donations. Anyone with such an interest can reach him at Garret.Woodward@Yahoo.com.
Woodward isn’t trying to compete with local news publications, which he respects, but wants to provide an alternative platform for the many wonderful and weird things in the area that fascinate him.
“I want people to feel good after reading this paper,” he said. “I want people to read about the good things in the area. There are some interesting and talented people here who are getting things done, and I want to be around and part of that.”