This class is wiping me out. It is just such an odd fit for my personality. I have to force it each week.
And I feel so guilty about that. Here I have a wonderful professor who LOVES Journalism. She is so excited about it. The fact that I do not share her passion for the profession makes me feel as though I have a dirty little secret.
Her passion does at least give me an appreciation for it. That is the best she can probably do with me.
The trouble is that this class is consuming my life. If am not doing work for it, then I am stressed because I am not. We have 3 books for this class and I am always behind in the reading. I had this idea that we were going to be passively learning about the profession of journalism. I don’t know why I would think that. Saint Rose is nothing if they are not hands on.
We have to actually write interesting stories to publish. It is an insane amount of work. Writing an article for a news story is inherently different than regular coursework where you read a book, and write a paper. For a news story, you have to research your subject, research it some more, interview people, get annoyed when they don’t call you back, call some other people, change your story because the people you wanted to speak to either weren’t available or they didn’t give you the angle you were hoping for and then write and re-write.
I went through this process and handed in my “story” thinking it was a gem. I had put so much of my heart and soul into it that it just had to be good, right? Ha ha ha. When I received the graded paper, it had so much red ink from the corrections the professor wrote that I am positive she used the entire pen grading my paper alone.
Grade? B+. Yippee.
Despite all of that, the relief that I felt when I had the story published was overwhelming. I spent 5 full minutes enjoying that reprieve before the panic/terror overcame my body when I realized that my next “story” is due… on Monday. You know in four days. The celebration time after you get a story published is practically nonexistent.
Welcome to my world of journalism. Now you know what I have been doing with all of my “free” time.
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