My name is Southerly, and I’m so glad you’re reading the Yass Valley Times — Let me tell you a little about the paper’s newest journalist. Having lived and grown up in beautiful Yass for over a decade, I am delighted to be reporting on the many wonderful and fascinating stories our town has to offer while learning from the experience and skills of my editors and colleagues.

Yass Valley is rich with history, and something new is happening every week to tell the community about. I am eager to make more connections throughout the community and write the stories that are most important to the town and villages. Having lived here most of my life, I’m already involved in the community. You’re likely to meet me at St Clement’s Church or other Church events in Yass or at local playgrounds and playgroups, which I love to visit with my one-year-old.

I am a Christian, and while I will include a range of community voices in my writing, I hope Christian values will shine through in my work no matter the subject and aid its honesty and integrity.

Southerly Jones
Yass Valley Times journalist

During my first few weeks of writing for the Yass Valley Times, I discovered my favourite stories to write are those involving a charity or fundraising event because the people behind them are always kind and selfless. Talking to and writing about those who give their time and resources to help others has been a privilege. In addition, I am passionate about covering stories that affect families and children in Yass Valley and am interested in politics.

When I am not writing, I like to read theologians and classic fiction like Anne of Green Gables or Jane Austen’s work. I play the piano, sing, and like to grow veggies and walk in nature. But, more than anything, I love being a mother and doing these things with my toddler.

If you have a story to tell, or feel there is something important happening in Yass Valley that the newspaper should include, don’t hesitate to email me through our editor Matthew Stadtmiller at editor@yassvalleytimes.com.au