JOPLIN, Mo. — Nikki Patrick hates this, of course. She’ll tell you how she’s just doing her job, and she’s not all that important, and that her career has always been about other people. “I’m not thrilled by all this. I just want to do my job,” Patrick said. Despite her desire to be on the other side of the pen and paper, she was the honoree on Thursday, as she was inducted into the Regional Media Hall of Fame, hosted by Missouri Southern State University. Patrick has been with the Morning Sun since January 1967, when she started as a part-time newsroom employee, working on obituaries, re-writes and proofreading. A little more than 47 years later, and she’s still with the Morning Sun, writing the popular “Patrick’s People” story every day — even writing some before she goes on vacation. She’s received several awards, including the Kansas American Legion Fourth Estate Award in 2007 and 2008, as well as being inducted into the Pittsburg YMCA Hall of Fame on Wednesday night. Perhaps her most lasting contributions, besides “Patrick’s People,” has been her coverage of almost every stage and arts performance over the last few decades. In fact, the dress rehearsal has become colloquially known as “Nikki Night” at many theatres in Crawford County. Olive Sullivan, advisor of MSSU’s The Chart and former Morning Sun reporter, introduced Patrick at the ceremony. “I think it’s pretty safe to say that Nikki’s not just a legend for Morning Sun readership, but people feel like she’s family. They trust her, they feel like they can go to her with their joys and concerns,” Sullivan said. Sullivan noted how many things have changed in the newspaper industry in the more than four decades Patrick’s been at the paper. That has included hot type, cold type and the introduction of computers to the process. Later, Sullivan talked about how Patrick had been a role model to Sullivan, and how their two sons once played together in the Morning Sun basement. Ultimately, it has been Nikki’s work and dedication to the community that made her worthy of induction. “When I was in high school growing up, my mother was a huge fan of Nikki’s, and I asked her what was it about Nikki Patrick’s work that you thought was so great? And she said, ‘I just don’t know, but she was always there, wherever she needed to be. She was there, and she wrote about it,’” Sullivan said. Patrick gave a few words of her own to the audience. She spoke first about how she got started at the Morning Sun with the help of Ken Bronson, and how he helped not only hire her, but also promoted her to full-time after a full year. “It may sound minor, but these things are very important,” Patrick said about working on obituaries in the early days. “People cut these things out and put them in scrapbooks and 100 years later, there’s genealogy and research checks back over it. Things like that may seem minor, but they’re really very important.” Later, she spoke about how one of her fears was that her bosses might think she couldn’t handle all the work, but that they still haven’t figured that out. She also noted the multitude of managing editors that have come and gone while she’s continued doing her job. “The real secret are the people. I write stories about people. There is a story in every person. All you have to do is persuade that person to share the story with you, and then you write it up. I present them, on paper. And that’s why the stories are good. It’s not because I’m good, although I am accurate. But people are so fascinating. I believe it was Alexander Pope that said the proper study of mankind is man. People are interested in other people. And that’s why it works. People love to read about other people. It is my honor. It is my pleasure. It has been such a great source of joy and satisfaction, such a reward to me to work at the Morning Sun. I could not possibly tell you how grateful I am for the years that I’ve had there and I certainly hope to have as much more time there as possible,” Patrick said. Also inducted into the Regional Media Hall of Fame on Thursday were Robert Clark and David L. Winegardner.