Posts tagged reporter
Posts tagged reporter
As a campus reporter winter break, spring break and summer is quiet.
Some days are filled with scrambling around for a story or a source until the last minute. I often wonder ‘who’s reading this stuff’ as I look around the CU-Boulder campus and see a total of 3 people walking across the usually busy campus.
But today the break is relaxing. I’m sitting in the sun (attempting to tan my pasty white legs) near the fountains at the student center as I wait for an event to start.
Since I’m sure you’ll hear me complain about the lack of stories at some point over the next few months, I thought I’d share my happy summer mood first.
I’m a woman and as much as I hate to admit it, I can’t help being attracted to drama.
Exhibit A: I’m a journalist.
I have a love, hate relationship with the journalism industry.
I love the constant evolution. I hate that I frequently wonder if I’m going to lose my job.
I love learning about something new every day. I hate having 24 hours to become an expert in a topic that I’ve never paid attention to before that day.
I love the excitement. I hate the uncertainty.
My love affair with journalism is like any other love affair: it’s hot and cold and everything in between.
Despite my occasional doubts and journalism’s imperfections, I’m staying strong… for now.
I blogged yesterday about my love affair with Ryan Gosling and the story I was writing about coffeeandprocrastination. Well today they shared my story on their blog and retweeted about it and I must say as a journalist I LOVE it when people share my stuff.
I mean it’s not like this went viral or anything but it’s such a nice compliment when someone shares something I wrote on their personal online profiles. It means they cared enough about what I wrote to click on it, read it (or at least browsed it) and then liked it enough to share it.
As a reporter, we often get feedback from readers in our emails and sometimes through social media and it’s usually complaints more than anything. Some meaner than others but not usually complimentary. When they like something people are likely to tell a friend; when they hate something, they’re likely to tell 10. Not sure who said that but I’ve heard it a lot.
look Mom, we’re famous!
We’ve been giggling at this blog here at the Daily, so Whitney decided to talk with the CU students behind it.
Some days I feel like this. There is too much news to report and no one wants to talk to me and my editor wanted my story an hour ago and there’s not enough hours in the day …. ugh! Especially when things like this go viral.
But then there are days when you write something fun or entertaining or beneficial and every once in a while someone even says thanks. Wow. It’s an amazing feeling.
The bottom line is being a news reporter is a roller coaster ride. But what part of life isn’t? Today I’m embracing it and enjoying the ride.
I was on the CU-Boulder campus this morning talking to students about the hectic end-of-semester push and man am I glad not to be taking finals!
Some students have been studying for next week’s exams for weeks. Others haven’t even cracked a study guide because they’re too busy stressing over papers and projects they have to finish first.
Either way, I’m glad it’s not me.
This job makes me appreciate being an adult some days.