Well this semester with the Missourian has been anything but easy and that is perfectly okay. I knew going into this class that the demands were high and that I needed to dedicate my time in order to get the most from this class.
One huge lesson that I learned from this experience is that my grade doesn’t matter. I am usually the up-tight, type-A personality who needs perfection in order to be satisfied, but I know that perfection does not mean I am learning and does not define my success. Rather, I learned that looking back at all the stories I have done, the wide variety of lessons I learned, that is the only way to define my success.
Through the Missourian I will be able to show my future employers that I can write a story on deadline, I can get an effective interview, I can be a journalist.
I had no reporting experience before the Missourian, so I was walking into this experience blind. While I did have J2100 and J2150 under my belt, that did not prepare me for how much more there is to learn once I was engulfed in the journalist routine.
I didn’t do newspaper or yearbook in high school. I was just some girl who loved to write and learn about the world around her. Isn’t that what journalism is? Being so intrigued by the things happening around you that you almost turn into a gossip machine (that tells the truth). To me, a journalist is just someone who is curious, investigative, sociable (maybe just through writing) and passionate. All we are trying to do is tell all 7.4 billion people in the world about the latest gossip.
THANKS FOR A GREAT SEMESTER REEDKATH!
XOXO Gossip Girl