VANDALIA — The featured speaker at the September 24 dinner meeting of the Vandalia Lions Club was Darrell Wacker, Editor of the Vandalia Drummer News. Wacker was introduced by Program Chairman for the evening, Lion Doug Knight.
Wacker began by giving some of his background in which his father worked at the local paper and then Darrell writing for the Kentucky Kernel, the student newspaper of the University of Kentucky. He began in the local area covering sporting events in the southern Dayton area of Kettering, Oakwood, and Centerville before being appointed as the Editor of the Vandalia Drummer News in April 2012. Wacker is also the Managing Editor of the Huber Heights Courier and the Englewood Independent as well as a high school football and basketball referee.
Wacker explained that being a local, community newspaper is different than a larger, metropolitan newspaper in that the focus is, ideally, entirely on Vandalia and Butler Township. He also explained that social media, such as Twitter and Facebook, are a large part of getting information out and gave as an example the bomb threat that happened several months ago at Butler High School.
He also explained that newspapers can serve as a “watchdog” on government and elected officials. He stressed that all media must develop reliable, trustworthy sources for information.