To commemorate International Newspaper Carrier Week, Oct. 6-12, the Deseret News is profiling seven newspaper carriers - one each day.
Chosen from nearly 1,500 carriers, they were nominated by their area managers for exemplifying the dependability, courtesy and honesty that are essential in a newspaper carrier operation.The theme for this year's Carrier Week observance is: "The Ones To Count On, Time After Time." Sundays are the only days Jim Carling thinks twice about delivering the Deseret News.
"The papers are big and heavy," the 16-year-old said.
But the monthly sum of $145 and the feeling gained from a job well done inspires Carling to crawl out of bed at 5:30 a.m. and deliver the Sunday paper in the neighborhood of his Salt Lake City home at 2030 Richards Street.
Monday through Friday he tosses papers on front porches in the evenings, racing through his route in about an hour on a bicycle.
And that's in all kinds of weather. "I just wear warm clothes and use bigger tires," he said, explaining his method of delivering the News during winter months.
Carling attends Highland High School and is a member of the Peer Leadership Team, which travels to other schools teaching students how to handle peer pressure.
He enjoys playing football with friends and likes to study math.
As for a future career, Carling is considering dentistry. But in the meantime, he will continue delivering newspapers to make ends meet.
"I am learning responsibility," he said. "It's the perfect job for me."